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  1. liberoordeath@outlook.com'
    Matt February 18, 2014 at 10:30 pm |

    Great stuff Jay. I agree that MLS underpays most of its players. One idea I had heard put forth for English soccer in particular was to cap salaries at 60% of a team’s commercial revenue. What are your thoughts on that system, and do you think that switching MLS from a “soft” salary budget to a 60% cap would result in a marked increase in spending to improve the on the field product?

    1. Dan D. February 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm |

      I like your “soft” cap. Nothing in MLS is clear. Not really a hard cap, not really a soft cap. I do believe though, that a cap linked to commercial revenue would be an interesting proposal. Question: what would happen to clubs that are new to the league, or that have very low commercial revenue, too low to field a proper team?

      1. liberoordeath@outlook.com'
        Matt February 19, 2014 at 11:08 pm |

        I kind of get the feeling that most of the clubs that join MLS will be in pretty decent shape by the time they start play. Allowing expansion teams to count the TV income they haven’t received yet towards their commercial revenue for salary purposes seems like an easy solution. Otherwise I would prefer to see a grace period where they are given time to get salaries to that 60% or whatever percentage is decided on. I think UEFA is doing something similar with FPP, where as long as clubs are making progress towards that goal, they can avoid sanctions.

        Come to think of it, being able to see salary data for the NASL and USL-Pro clubs would be kind of interesting.

  2. josiah.rhodes@gmail.com'
    JR February 21, 2014 at 2:01 pm |

    i still say you simply can’t compare these things in this way. on the domestic side, MLS isn’t bringing in nearly the amount of money that the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB is bringing in. if they were bringing in more, you can guarantee that they’d spend more on players. if MLS spent 50%+ just on players, the teams and subsequently the league would not make any money and would there’s crash the league before it got anywhere.

    as far as comparing MLS to European leagues, it’s not really fair either. again, MLS doesn’t bring in as much money as those other leagues. also most of those leagues are top heavy when it comes to spending. we could easily argue that for instance La Liga’s numbers are different if you remove Barca and RM from the equation. also we all know that European teams have very serious debt problems. especially the smaller teams who are trying desperately to keep up with the super clubs.

    the reality that on a club by club basis there probably won’t be any individual clubs in the United States who could regularly hang with the likes of the world beaters like Barca, RM and Bayern. but on a league by league basis, we will be very competitive. the salary cap while currently painful, is a necessary. it will grow over time as MLS becomes as popular on TV as it is in the stadiums.

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