I heard an intresting proposal for the new cba, a proposal that keeps in mind the intrests of the owners, players, and fans. There would be a luxury tax threshold at 40 million. Above this, teams would have to pay a dollar to a special fund for every dollar they spend over the threshold. Teams would be eligible to attain money from this fund only if they had a payroll over 30 million and under 40 million. Thus, teams could not simply pocket the money they recieve from the luxury tax fund (as happened in baseball). This proposal has some great advantages: 1) since it doesn't involve a hard cap, the players whould not have too much of a problem with it 2) the players should also like the fact that small market teams will pretty much have to spend their luxury tax revenue 3) owners should be happy because it brings in a significant amount of salary control 4) fans should be happy because most teams will end up with payrolls between 30 and 40 million, meaning every team has a shot (as long as they are managed well) and the same teams aren't on top every year. What do you guys think? Any other good proposals? Although we'd all love a 20 million hard cap, let's be realistic. The players simply aren't going to accept something like that.
I think any salary cap or luxury tax will need a minimum spendature as well (similar to the NFL).
i.e. the cap is set at $45 mil, but every team must spend at least $30 mil on player contracts.
That would work - the Oil are spending I think $33m this year (more given recent signings) and are pretty close to the bottom. I also heard that the Rangers were at $109m - is that true? The luxury tax would certainly have an impact on them.
They need to work on an equalisation plan for currency. If we were on par with the American dollar we'd be fine! I mean look how big of a difference going from 65 to 75 has made for the Oilers! If there was a way they could create some sort of equalisation so that the Oilers were on par with the Rangers that'd be HUGE. I mean the 10 cent difference in our dollar was said to be the difference between losing a couple million and making a couple hundred. So Lets say that every ten cents is worth 2 million bucks. If our dollar were on par we'd be seven million dollars richer and instead of losing a couple million they'd make 7 million. To me that is the easiest ways to help Canadian teams.