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    Actually if you want to pick on European leagues for not being equal, picking on the Premiership is a little bizarre given that the Premiership is one of the most egalitarian leagues in Europe when it comes to TV money distribution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Super League teams are effectively franchises now. It did away with promotion and relegation three years ago.

    The SL franchises are only awarded for three years tho, so teams from outside aren't totally cut adrift. Widnes (traditionally one of the big teams) have been awarded one for 2012, actually so at least one of the current SL teams will miss out. Probably the Crusaders, if there's any justice. Worthwhile experiment taking the pro game to Wales, but badly handled from the outset and they're currently in administration.

    Be interesting to know anyone's thoughts on a draft versus not having one too. Obviously one of the big differences between the way the NRL & AFL are set up. I'm instinctively anti, it seems to remove the possibility of kids coming through the ranks at a club (fans over here at least generally have greater soft spots for their team's own products), but I suppose it's a way of ensuring an even spread of talent.
    IMO drafts reward mediocrity and shift responsibility for player development towards clubs/structures that ultimately don't see the benefit of that player's talent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    By any objective measure, leagues with a salary cap are no more or less competitive than those that have none. There's just no empirical evidence to suggest that it helps unless you cherry-pick examples.
    Rubbish. What would you consider "cherry picking examples"? What would you consider objective measures?

    In the last 12 years the NRL has had 10 different winners of the competition, with all but 3 of the teams in the league making a grand final. IIRC the AFL is less even, but there's still been far greater diversity of teams challenging for top honors than any european football league you'd like to mention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Halsey View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausage View Post
    Rubbish. What would you consider "cherry picking examples"? What would you consider objective measures?

    In the last 12 years the NRL has had 10 different winners of the competition, with all but 3 of the teams in the league making a grand final. IIRC the AFL is less even, but there's still been far greater diversity of teams challenging for top honors than any european football league you'd like to mention.
    Without looking it up I'll guess Souths, Cronulla and the Titans?

    The cap does seem to make more of a difference in Oz sport than our own, it must be said. In the SL there's been only 4 winners in 15 years & (I think) only Hull has even made a GF from outside the big 4. Same with union; Sale won the Premiership once, but aside from that I think it's been shared between Leicester and Wasps since Newcastle won it in (from memory) 1998.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    So basically the AFL gets away with treating its players like **** because they're the only show in town?
    If a player challenged the AFL draft system it would be tossed inside a minute in court. In fact, I don't even know if they'd bother to defend it, it's that obvious.

    Someone will do it one day, then the AFL will need to deal with it. Until then, it seems to work pretty well tbh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Without looking it up I'll guess Souths, Cronulla and the Titans?

    The cap does seem to make more of a difference in Oz sport than our own, it must be said. In the SL there's been only 4 winners in 15 years & (I think) only Hull has even made a GF from outside the big 4. Same with union; Sale won the Premiership once, but aside from that I think it's been shared between Leicester and Wasps since Newcastle won it in (from memory) 1998.
    Actually I tell a lie, Canberra need to be added to the list, and it's only 9 teams that have won the comp (Brisbane won 2). For those who are unfamiliar with the NRL the Titans only came into existence in 2007. Of those 4 only Souths haven't had years where they were a realistic chance. The other 3 have all gone within 2 games of the grand final in the last 4 years.

    The reason the salary cap works in Australia is because it's reasonably strict and all teams can afford it (although Cronulla do struggle). My knowledge of SL is only rudimentary but I'd be surprised if any teams other than your big 4 are using up all the cap. If the salary cap was lowered so that all teams could afford it, you'd get a much more even competition. You'd get a whole host of other problems (defection to Union most likely), but it would even the comp.

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    I still to this day do not understand how everyone believes the fact that teams have no chance of winning the title is actually a good thing.

    Had this debate so many times on this board and no good argument has been made to explain this.
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    Also the draft and salary cap system seems to work fine in the NBA too. Now it's not as strict as the AFL, but this isn't some Australian socialist phenomenon. At the end of the day it results in different teams being able to taste the ultimate prize.

    That is not just a good thing, it is the essence of sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    By any objective measure, leagues with a salary cap are no more or less competitive than those that have none. There's just no empirical evidence to suggest that it helps unless you cherry-pick examples.
    What on Earth makes you state that? I have compared elite sports before and you don't get a period of 10-15 years in any of them barring the major association footbal leagues where the same 2-4 teams win every friggin' year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    It's all hypothetical anyway, because it would rely on every soccer league in the world having a cap, which obv will never happen. But people are saying 'oh the system will never work, it can never be equal' which is wrong, look at the AFL for an example of a system which has as perfect equality as you're going to find.
    That's the key point here.

    Unfortunately England could never implement it because there are other major leagues playing the same code in Spain, Italy, Germany etc. So this is an argument over theory.

    But that doesn't mean one should criticise the cap and wear as a badge of honour the fact that the rich teams are the ones that win all the time. It's a testament to the passion of many football fans that they follow their team so passionately despite having literally 0% chance of winning the title, unless a billionaire Arab walks in and takes over their football club of course

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Also the draft and salary cap system seems to work fine in the NBA too. Now it's not as strict as the AFL, but this isn't some Australian socialist phenomenon. At the end of the day it results in different teams being able to taste the ultimate prize.

    That is not just a good thing, it is the essence of sport.
    Actually the NBA is probably one of the least competetive leagues that have a salary cap. I think that's down to more relaxed laws that are easier to get around, but someone with more knowledge of the NBA could probably explain why it is. It's still more competetive than European football though.

    The NFL and NHL would probably be better examples of even leagues balanced by a salary cap ourside of Australia.

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    Hmm, only partially agree Ausage. Ultimately different teams in the NBA win the titles over the long haul. That's the determinative factor.

    It shows even more relaxed rules, which the NBA has, can work. Sure it won't work as well as other leagues with stricter rules, but that goes without saying.

    Anyway this argument isn't necessarily against the relegation system. I don't think the relegation system means one can't have a salary cap, but that's another story.

    I also think I will owe someone on CricketWeb a ****load of money if Wigan (a random team I selected a few years ago) ever win the Premiership.

    I daresay my money is pretty safe.
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