January 28, 2005

Frankly, who cares if every single Chelsea player can afford a fleet of Lamborghinis and a line of coke atop each bonnet?: Using the NFL as a model - how about a salary cap in the Premiership?

posted by gspm to soccer at 11:17 AM - 11 comments

Beat me to the punch gsm, as I was just about to post this. Interesting thought, but I agree that all the European leagues would have to implement this as well.

posted by trox at 11:27 AM on January 28, 2005

Breaking the cap can, as San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers fans will tell you, incur financial and points penalties. Can a 49er fan or Steeler fan (or someone else) tell me what sort of points penalty there is for breaking the salary cap?

posted by blarp at 11:32 AM on January 28, 2005

hear hear, Goergina. As the milk marketing board's advert once said: "Me dad says if I don't drink me milk..I'll play for Accrington Stanley" "Who are they?" *Finishes milk* "Exactly!"

posted by JJ at 11:38 AM on January 28, 2005

I've long advocated that the Premiership desperately needs to do something to restore it's competitive balance. See this post I made to rec.sport.soccer back in 1999. This isn't self-interest on behalf of a smaller Premiership club. Back in 1999, West Brom were more concerned about dropping out of Division One rather than pushing for promotion. A salary cap could work, but it would have to be implemented throughout Europe. There should also be limits on squad sizes (as the NFL has) and guaranteed pay cuts in the event of relegation.

posted by salmacis at 12:03 PM on January 28, 2005

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posted by salmacis at 12:04 PM on January 28, 2005

Blarp, I was wondering the same thing. It might be better to ask Yankees and Cowboys fans, IMHO. As a Steelers fan, I have always been glad that my team rarely bothers with the high-priced hired guns. On the subject at hand, I must agree that 1) football needs to do something about the situation before it gets out of hand and 2) that unless it is implemented in all the leagues it will only serve to make the problem worse as players take their game to where the bigger money is.

posted by scully at 01:11 PM on January 28, 2005

Blarp: I think they must have meant merely that eventually you end up losing a lot of games.

posted by tieguy at 01:32 PM on January 28, 2005

Frankly the varying squad size thing in Europe has always puzzled me as every league in America, including MLS, has a limit and all teams have exactly that number of players. Salary cap, which MLS uses, would probably much more difficult because the economicsrevenues are different in every country. Also the American leagues which have this revenues share revenues to a significant extent and that's gonna be tough to get agreement from the G-14 clubs.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:29 PM on January 28, 2005

We'll see revenue sharing and salary caps in the EPL as soon as the MLB do it.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:56 PM on January 28, 2005

Then again there's the article about the 9 year old. Maybe prices will come down a bit?

posted by volfire at 05:59 PM on January 28, 2005

NO SALARY CAP... I have spoken.

posted by StarFucker at 10:55 PM on January 28, 2005

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