Since the CFL put in a hard cap, millions apon millions of dollars have flowed to coaches, management and executuves. The Bombers for instance give all if their executives huge bonuses and free cars.
The Treasurer for the Riders makes more money than Kevin Glen!!
The marque player will never come back. Not because teams cant afford it, but because the money for the player will come directly out of managements pocket.
There's no need to increase salaries any higher than the negotiated $50k per season over the next few seasons. There are likely a couple teams which barely break-even or even lose money, so we don't want to add to their burden with unnecessary salary increases. Where else will these marquee "superstars" sign but the CFL, the arena league? (...or will we start competing with the NFL to sign their free agents?)
Completely different era. Comparing an era where you could grab the top NFL draft pick for a million bucks to today NFL salaries is stupid, those days are long gone. I don't want to pay more for a ticket to pay out of work NFL "props". Like Kapernickelor Tebow.
Tebow struggled hitting the flats on an NFL field. Can't imagine him on a CFL field.
So you want to give some sort of exemption to what amounts to a 4th+ round daft QB? A first rounder is not signing for that. A first round player is going for 9 mil 32nd overall...and that is not saying QB...that is any player. 800k contracts really don't kick in until the 4th round.
The big exemption brought a huge crowd to that first argos game with Rocket...it was a big deal. It looked like it worked. Next game, not so much. The crowds dissipated. What makes bringing in a 4th, heck let's say a 3rd rounder now feel like it would work? Just seems like a way to need to jack up ticket prices, rub players wrong, and put teams that are making money on the hook for it again.
A marquee player designation, in my opinion is a bad idea. The quarterback will almost always be that player, basically like they are now. I look at the MLS economic model and still can't figure out how the top 20 players in the league can make almost half the league salaries, and when I look at a franchise like Toronto FC, without MLSE they are done. The economics don't work long term. The CFL has done it correctly controlling the biggest expense without comprimising the talent level.
Well said Hf, I'm totally on that page. This sort of stuff would be a regression for the league IMHO. Makes no sense to even sign Tom Brady at a high price if he couldn't adjust to the CFL field and rules.
But are we not already there with Zach Collaros making about $ 500,000 and other QB's around the league making significant higher wage than everyone else on their respective teams . Again; I am not talking about signing Brady , Brees, Rodgers or any other star to 15,000,000 million a year .
Designate a hard cap on a franchise player of about $700,000 that floats with the NFL minimum that does not interfere with the main cap . This players salary does not hurt the team's cap and actually allows for a bump in salary team wise as the cap increases with the removal of the franchise players salary .
Resentment is removed when your salary is not effected come negotiation time .
You also have the ability to grab a player that is in-between once in awhile that comes around that is a game changer like a Flutie . These players are edge players
that can be rescued and salvaged while they still have that spark unlike what we are doing with some players and getting them when they are well past there expiry date like Vince Young and Troy Smith as the salary compensation makes the CFL as the last optionright now instead of a valid option earlier in their careers . There ability to adjust to the CFL game diminishes with time and lack of playing with competition stagnates the quick reflex/reads necessary to play the game at a pro level .