First off I think I should state where I stand on certain baseball
Do not like the Yankees or Mets anymore, teams with 100 million
dollar payrolls are not too special and watching them slaughter bad
team, or falling all over themselves to lose makes little difference
to me. I do not like any of the other teams with this kind of
advantage. IMHO, baseball has been ruined.
Second, there is no revenue sharing in Hockey so the landscape is
Third, Hockey is not in the same universe as the other major sports
Now on to the topic:
IMHO, not too much changed. There is no true competitive balance and
that is what this was supposed to be about. Some rich owners can pay
the tax on having an advantage and make it's fans pay more and
nothing's solved. Baseball needed a cap, hockey must have a cap.
If the teams with the highest payrolls has to spend 116 million to be
taxed it does not change much for smaller market teams. If you spend
40-50-60 million on your team and your competition can spend over 100
million, where is the competitive balance this supposed deal
If the smaller markets now recieve ten million dollars more to spend
and it has a thirty million dollar payroll, they still are 75 million
behind the team that at this time spends the most. Again how has
competitive balance been helped ?
For Hockey this plan will not work either, IMHO.
What's sad and telling is what would happen if the owners just
brought in new players and played it's system with a hard cap and
reduced it's ticket prices. Outside of die-hard fans would anyone
notice the difference in a year when new players start forming their
own identity ? Between the European Leagues, the Former IHL and the
AHL, the talent is there to start over.
Would it change how the league is covered considering how little it
is covered now ? Eventually, the players who are sitting out would
start to cross the line and come back to get their money under a cap.
What's been interesting so far is how the large market writers want a
luxury tax, revenue sharing for hockey, while the smaller market
writers want a salary cap so no team has an advantage.