the CFL had the marquee player rule years back and it almost killed the league, and disgruntled fans coast to coast. You had guys like Ismail making exempt salaries, meanwhile certain teams were losing money and other clubs had to subsidize them because of that fat paycheck. It created a lot of bitterness in some of the smaller markets who were struggling as it was then had to prop up big markets. The CFL, in that era, felt they needed that big name in big markets to secede. I personally would not participate as a fan if they brought this rule back in...I will spend my money elsewhere.
Increase the salary cap. keep picking away at it. get the average salary about 100k a year and prove that can be sustained.
You actually still see this brought up from time to time in posts...people explaining their bitterness towards certain big city franchises with it.