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.
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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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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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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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.
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.
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
The NFL and NHL would probably be better examples of even leagues balanced by a salary cap ourside of Australia.
Yeah hockey is a really good example of a North American sport getting it right.
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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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