Even if 3/4 of the owners don't want to go over a certain amount, it won't work.
Look at the Devils. Lou is the best GM in the game. He can't even keep our payroll down. The Niedermayer, Brodeur, Elias, Rafalski, Gomez, etc etc etc contracts just start to add up. You either keep the players and pay up, or you lose your core team.
Why? Because Chris Pronger is being paid 10 million, which Niedermayer wants. Madden is being paid 4 million because a) we couldn't afford to lose him and b) The Rangers feel like paying guys like Bobby Holik 9 million.
More payroll disparity than the NHL even with a cap and linkage. Less competitive balance too. See all those empty seats at NBA games? Even after caving and selling out the non stars, they are going to likely be rewarded with another lockout for their efforts.
Originally Posted by Buffaloed
There's an implicit agreement when contract offer information is shared. As you recall when the agent was decertified it came out that they were sharing that kind of information on their computer system. They can share information about contracts in force all they want, but here were talking about contracts in various stages of negotiation. The owners would be crucified if they put together a list of the contract offers they planned on tendering.
I thought the idea that each proposal and counter proposal during negotiations was being entered into a system for all to see was possibly questionable ethically, especially if the owners couldnt do the same. But I dont see how you can ensure it doesnt happen. Real estate agents can do the same thing.
But I dont see how that No Circumvention section you pointed out applies. I would of thought it is more meant for things like paying more than the rookie cap under the table, or making offers on the side during negotiations that tilt things your way, etc. But I dont see how would it apply to this, as making the offers known isnt really circumventing anything that I can see.