Things can worse Rich with cap being raised clubs spending more than they can afford on a do or die to compete and going belly up. It would be the death of professional rugby in this country if it tries to grow too quick too soon. No point in being the best pro club in the country if you only have 5 other teams to play against.
But thath's why I'm opposed to a flat rate of cap - if you have a cap tied to ability to pay then you can't
over-extend yourself. I'm not arguing for an increase in the cap - in fact quite the contrary. More than one club has for a long time tried to pay to the cap when they can't afford it!
I am entirely opposed to the idea of clubs being allowed to spend what they want. I also think there should be a mechanism for compensating the club losing a player - a system of transfer fees which should reflect both the value of the player's contract and the investment already made in their development.
Johns' final point is the one I'm keen on - I don't accept the assertion that a floating cap inhibits the ambitions of 'smaller' clubs - I strongly
believe that the opposite is the case.
If the bigger clubs are allowed to spend what they like on wages (even if they're spending self generated incomes) it would institutionalise the tendency for small clubs to become nothing more than feeders. The best players would INEVITABLY move onwards because they want the best wages. Furthermore, this would become a permanent arrangement.
But this is tending to happen as it is! The only
way out of this conundrum is to create a mechanism that encourages healthy business practice to ensure growth.
Odd - I've never been known as a capitalist until now!
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