Since we are at the time of year where work amounts to screwing off on long lunches, I thought I'd unveil my rough sketch of a plan to save the NFL from itself. I'd always thought if this plan was instituted everyone from fans, players, coaches and owners would enjoy it more. With the NFL lockout looming it becomes more relevant. I think it is a semi-realistic plan. I think the plan would work incredible, I say semi realistic because no labor groups ever seem to work together for the betterment of all and I'm sure you guys will be able to punch enough holes in it to make it seem idiotic by the time the thread ends, but I'm curious your thoughts. Here we go.
Current System-Currently the NFL works under a salary cap that is the same for all 32 teams. There are a million rules in place to formulate which money counts against each year(much like trying to figure out the size of our recruiting class). The amount of the cap is tied to the NFL's revenue number which is driven for the most part by their enomous tv contracts that allow the owners and players to make an absurd amount of money. The current system gives us this. Matthew Stafford was the highest paid player in the NFL this year..enough said.
My System- Keep the available money in the pool to the players the same(whatever that number is they can negotiate it up or down it is irrelevant for my proposal), but allocate it differently. My proposal would be much like Salesmen earn their money. Each teams salary cap would be reduced dramatically and everyone in the entire league would earn the same base salary. The remaining money would go to the bonus/commision pool. That money would be passed out based on your teams performance. In my system the team that won the Super Bowl would have the highest cap number and the MVP of that team would make the most money on the team. For instance if the Colts won the SB, Manning would earn the 40 million this year and be the highest paid player, not Stafford, in the game for being the best player this year. This scale would scroll thru all 32 teams so that the best player on the worst team in the league might only make the same as the 20th best player on the Colts(no magic to that 20th number just an example how I'd like to see it slide way down to be on a shit team everyone will have their own prefernce).
To distribute the money it would be a set scale that was slotted for each player on the team. The rankings would be determined by combining 3 differnt votes(a kind a BCS) where the players vote amongst themsleves, their coaches have a vote and independent scouts would vote. This would prevent collusion amongst teammates or bribes to get more votes and each player is paid upon his worth to the team. Example would be
Manning 25 mil
Wayne 20 Mil
Freeney 18 mil
Clark 17 mil
Calvin 5 mil
Delmas 4 mil
um I need some help who would be the Lions next best player??
you get the point
This helps on many levels.
1. Attitude problems get cleared up real quick in-house. If T.O. is costing the other 52 guys on the roster cash with his act it'll get solved or he'll be out.
2. Fans will know their team hasn't packed it in when they move out of the playoff hunt as every win will matter.
3. Everyones goals will be the same, now you have player x trying to win and player y trying to get paid, player z trying not to get hurt. This is all eliminated because winning=money.
4. It's a team orientated goal so it's not like any players will sacrifice the team goals for their own stats.
5. This rewards the best players, not Charles Rodgers, so the players should be for it. If you bust your ass you deserve the cash.
6. Encourages great teams to stay together, which I think makes a better league. It's depressing watching great teams win a Super Bowl then have to figure out who they can keep 5 days later.
7. No BS.. players earn their roster spot, it's not a game based on potential or cap ramifications or age or 2 years from now. Teams are free to operate without being hamstrung by horrible contracts that hinder them for several years.
8. We don't have to watch idiot x threaten to sit out the season on Sportscenter every 3 days. Get your ass to camp.
These are some of the benefits I see. Obviously there are a ton of other things to consider like FA rules, owner revenue sharing and injury compensation, but I think it in general it could work and everyone would enjoy the league more creating more cash for the league and more enjoyment for us.
Give me your thoughts and tips to improve and I'll get a powerpoint over to Rog.