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Friday, March 8, 2013

Richmond Times: Sports: Via AP: Redskins Still Paying Cap Penalty: The Problems With The NFL Salary Cap

Redskins still paying cap penalty - Times-Dispatch - Richmond, VA News: Washington Redskins

I believe there needs to be a way to control player payroll spending as long as they are seeing their fair share of what the National Football League is spending. But was does controlling player costs means, it means don't overspend on players and don't give big contracts to players. Who just had the year of their career but have been around and haven't shown much in their career before. And are basically an average player or a good player even but not someone whose one of the best players at their position. And who makes the Pro Bowl on a regular basis, so their needs to be a way to control player costs as far as players being overpaid. Without hurting the franchises chances of being successful and remaining successful. So what the NFL should be doing instead is encouraging teams to spend the resources that they need to be. Successful and to win as many games as possible each year and yes that takes a lot of money to do that. But if you are in the right market, with the right stadium and the right fan base. You'll always have the resources and then some to be competitive if you spend that money wisely. Don't spend too much on average or slightly above average players and don't underspend on very good players.

What happened to the Redskins in the early and mid 1990s when the salary cap was put in place. Because they are a big market club that always had one of the highest payrolls in the NFL. But when the salary cap took effect in 1993, they were something like 50-100M$ over the salary cap. At a time when their team was aging so instead of being able to use free agency to rebuild their club. What happened instead is that they lost players to free agency instead because of the salary cap weren't able to resign. Those players and if you look at the Redskins of the last twenty years, they are still trying to get back to where they were. In the 1980s and early 1990s which is an annual Super Bowl contender and a team that made the NFC Playoffs. Almost every year but so far under Head Coach/General Manager Mike Shanahan, the Redskins have used the resources of this great franchise. Thats worth over a billion dollars very well and haven't over or underspent  but the salary cap is still a problem that needs to be addressed.

What the National Football League needs is an economic system that encourages teams to be successful and spend wisely the resources that they have. So teams that are only interested in making money but not winning and there are clubs like that. The Phoenix Cardinals as I still call them come to mind that have never been interested for the most part of spending the money it takes to win consistently. Wouldn't be able to do that or be punished for that and be in a situation, where they spend the resources that they. Have well or be taxed for not doing it along with not winning consistently. To go along with a safety net for small market clubs like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs to use as examples. And the NFL already has that system in place with revenue sharing of all broadcast money in the league. But the allow clubs who want to spend what it takes to be successful to be able to do that and not punish them. With a salary cap but perhaps tax them when they do spend more then a certain amount. Or overspend on players.

What would be a better economic system for the NFL is to have what's called in Major League Baseball. A payroll tax where teams that spend more then a certain amount would be taxed for every dollar that they go over the cap. But add to that which would be a big benefit for the players as well as fans of cheap teams. Is tax clubs who do have the resources to be competitive but don't spend those in order to won and tax those clubs for their underspending. And we won't see teams lose their competitiveness each year and lose players that they normally would've had the resources to resign.