As news filters through that the Italian FA have introduced a salary cap for Serie B clubs, we look at whether a salary cap is necessary in the English leagues.
Manchester City may not be lifting the Premier League this season, yet its easy to see the impact their wild spending has had on the league.
With cost of player wages rising each year, fewer and fewer teams are capable of competing for top players. The gap between mediocre sides and ones of quality is increasing by an alarming rate. As of recently, the debate for a salary cap has surfaced and many believe we must implement a limit on spending before it spirals out of control.
It is easy to see that spending is rising much faster than the profit made by the clubs are. This is leading to a growing number of teams getting themselves into financial trouble, such as, Portsmouth, Rangers and Coventry. However, if this new system is put into effect then it would help other teams stay away from this sort of situation.
The salary cap would stop players and agents from demanding meteoric rises in their wages every time their contract comes up for renewal. For example, if the cap was to impose a top wage of £5 million a year then the most a player could earn would be a lot less than the current top stars currently earn. This would help smaller clubs to compete with the big guns as it does not allow for the richest clubs to spend ridiculous amounts of money.
The salary cap system is used in many American sports such as, NBA, NFL and NHL. It has led to fairer and more exciting sports. There are more upsets, as underdogs are no longer as cash-strapped in comparison to the Manchester City's of the league.
While many would argue that there is no need for a cap as teams such as Everton and Swansea are competing just fine with shrewd signings, I put that down to the genius of David Moyes and Michael Laudrup more than anything.
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