I’ve been thinking about the new CBA and some of the problems it has caused regarding salaries. Some of my math is approximate so go easy on me.
The minimum salary is about $11,000 per year (up 20%) to $65,000. This is a good move as it makes the league more competitive with the XFL .
The Salary Cap has gone up only $50,000. I read a week ago from a GM (I forget who),that the new minimum salary is costing teams an extra $140-150,000 a year but they only have $50,000 more to play with.This leaves teams with $100,000 less to work with then last year. As a result teams are having trouble offering some player their old market value . (How else do you explain Larry Dean’s 50% pay cut??)
This is not good for our game. I wish there was a way to make up the extra $100,000.
I calculated is you add a 60 cent surcharge on every ticket sold (80 games times 20,000 fans per game times 60 cents , you would be $106,000 per team.
I know the salary cap is already funded partially by ticket sales, but I am just throwing ideas out. Another idea would be to cap starting quarterback salaries at $450,000-$500,000 a year. (It looks like this has already unofficially happened with 7 out of 9 teams) IMO The league needs to figure out how to get that salary cap up closer to 6 million if they really want to avoid the kind of gridlock in the future. Also, I realize spending other peoples money is pretty easy from the comfort of my computer chair.