Winnipegs thoughts on the CAP

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That wall Lyle Bauer has been beating his head against finally budged.

So why does the Winnipeg Blue Bomber president/CEO still have a headache?

For years, Bauer has been campaigning for a hard, enforceable CFL salary cap, one that would allow the community owned Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders to compete on a level playing field with wealthier teams.

Yesterday, the league unveiled the details of a comprehensive new "salary management system" that should do just that.

"It goes a long way to addressing it," Bauer told the Sun from Scottsdale, Ariz., where league governors were meeting. "It's a very good step for the league. It's almost a hallmark for everybody to get on the same page ... and approve a plan that takes us well into the future."

Then, in the next breath, the Bomber boss took a look at the cold, hard facts: the new, $3.8-million cap for 2006 represents a substantial increase in what Winnipeg spent on players last season.

It was revealed yesterday CFL payrolls in '05 ranged from around $3.4 million to just over $4 million, officially making a mockery of the old $2.6-million cap.

At the low end of that scale, the Bombers are looking at an additional $400,000 -- if they want to keep up. And this is a team that lost money a year ago.

"It's going to be a good chunk," Bauer said. "Our challenge will be to find the revenues ... to be able to continually compete at those levels."

Of course, he could spend less than the limit, although the per-team minimum hasn't been established yet.

"You don't have to spend (the cap)," Bauer acknowledged. "But we'd be fooling ourselves, and fooling everybody else, to think you're not going to have to be pretty close to that. If you're thinking about spending 10-15% less, you're putting yourself at a disadvantage."

Bauer doesn't rule out the possibility of raising ticket prices, but he acknowledged the best way to turn a better bottom line is to build a better team.

Hosting the Grey Cup this year will help, but that's not a long-term fix.

Other changes include expanded rosters and revamped injury lists, part of a clampdown on teams paying players that aren't accounted for.

"It addresses many things that have gone on in the league, and cleans up some things," Bauer said.

He seems to be on the right track idea in that he needs a better team to get more people to go to see the Bombers.

The new stadium should also help when build, a better indoor venue will also help in getting people to come.

the GC this season should help with money for a better team for the long term and hopfully elimanate any debt the Bombers have at this point. But as the article says, it's not a long term solution useless Winnipeg gets the GC again, which will not be for another 5 to 10 years, depending on the new stadium.

Bottom line though: Winnipeg can definaly turn it around with this new cap, regradless if the other teams pay more for there players. After all, a good team isn't always by money and talent (though it helps), it's by heart and the detrimination to win.

when will they build that stadium i heard it for a while but i dont know when will they finish it let alone start it

...pretty hard to build a stadium when it is still in the design stage...and apparently still discussing the best'll come.. :wink:

Also bottom line, if the management can't even pay close to the cap while the other teams can and some a breaking it, then their is something wrong with the way the management is raising it funds and running the team, and should be kicked out and replaced by good people that can make the team great again.

KK wouldn't this hopefully expedite the Peg into building their new fancy 35,000-40,000 doomed stadium, which is still under study/review? Therefore, more revenue. Plus this year alone, they will no doubt make $2-$3M from the Grey Cup and will get out of debt.

I agree, is the domed stadium only gonna be 40,000? I'd imagine they would leave some room in case the GC coms back, like 15,000 seats to bring it 55,000 or 60,000.

We are already in good shape, but when Winnipeg gets a stadium, we'll be all set for another 75 years! :smiley:

but its time to upgrade or atleast get a better scoreboard we need that and and they need to change the cheapseats