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11-15-2012, 11:25 AM
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I should be getting some refunds soon. Extra $2,000 should come in handy around Christmas...maybe take family to some place warm. I wasn't too excited to watch this team play this season anyway and planned to sell my ASG tickets at a price to help offset my season ticket expenses.

Reading latest news though, I'm feel more blame on owners. Last lockout was about "cost certainty", the owners got that. Then they start writing idiotic contracts to circumvent salary cap. How about allowing the "bonus" contracts, but paid later in the contract. Maybe a change the salary cap language to say that the average salary cap hit on contracts greater of:
  1. The average salary during the term of the contract; or
  2. The highest 3 years average salary paid during the first half of a contract's term for any contract 5 years or longer. If contract length is odd number, then league rounds up to include the salary of the odd year (7 year contract / 2 = 3.5, rounded up to 4)

So...if contract is 10 years in length, the league would compare the average salary over the entire length of the contract to the highest 3 years paid during the first 5 years of the contract.

A contract of:


Year
1: $7,000,000
2: $8,000,000
3: $9,000,000
4: $10,000,000
5: $10,000,000
6: $1,000,000
7: $1,000,000
8: $1,000,000
9: $1,000,000
10: $1,000,000
TOTAL CONTRACT $49,000,000
AVERAGE: $4,900,000/year
  1. Average salary during entire contract is $4,900,000
  2. Average salary of highest 3 years in first half of contract term is $9,666,667 (($10m + $10m + $9m) /3))

Actual Salary hit = $9.67 million

Opposite contract of:

1: $1 million
2: $1 million
3: $1 million
4: $1 million
5: $1 million
6: $10 million
7: $10 million
8: $9 million
9: $8 million
10: $7 million
  1. Average salary during entire contract is $4,900,000
  2. Average salary of highest 3 years in first half of contract term is $1,000,000 (($1m + $1m+1m) /3))

Annual Salary hit = $4,900,000

Then the only way that teams and player could maybe circumvent would be paying "bonus" on the first year of the last half of the contract.

1: $4.9m
2: $4.9m
3: $4.9m
4: $4.9m
5: $4.9m
6: $20.5m
7: $1m
8: $1m
9: $1m
10: $1m


So, the bonus could be there, but it'd be a back end bonus. Certainly, only attractive to players signing what they know as their last contract, but less attractive than the upfront bonus, so they may be more tempted by a 6 year contract for $36 million if it pays $8, 8, 5, 5, 5, 5. Less overall money, but more upfront.

Then it's a more neutral playing field and what sounds better to the player: $7.5 million per year with a lump sum at end over 6 years? Or $6 million per year with large amount up front? There's risk to player that may make the bonus a tougher sale...they sacrifice some income up front to get larger over all contract in the end and fewer would accept...but doesn't completely wipe out the opportunity for teams to work around salary cap and pay some bonus money. I think the team also gets a higher motivation level from player to play out contract. Obviously, this could be played with to adjust.


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