When building a salary system, keep in mind the league has to compete against other leagues around the world to lure the best players. You don't want to create a limit that means that all young decent rookies get better packages in Finland, Slovakia, or Russia.
Chris, great minds think alike. Bill Simmons is thinking the same thing:
Still, my vote goes to letting Vince McMahon retool his XFL idea for hockey: low costs, cool cameras, snazzy uniforms, identifiable gimmicks, fights galore. I'm telling you, the XHL can't miss.
And if he ever canceled a season, you can bet there'd be more than one person saying, "You know what's killing me? This XHL lockout!"
It couldn't miss, but, after the XFL fiasco, I don't think any major network is going to give Vince McMahon a shot to make this happen.
Brian - I'm sure the salary structure would need a lot of work. I was just throwing out some general guidelines.
LRFD - just for the record - I first floated this idea over a year ago in a column for Sportspages.com. As far as giving McMahon another shot - hey if Demi Moore still can still get leading roles - anything is possible.
Hey LRDF - I just read the Sports Guy's piece and I guess "great" minds do think alike. One observation - if you see "this column appears in the XXX issue of ESPN the Magazine" at the top of one of Simmons Page 2 offerings - you can pretty much guaranty that the column will smack of a lack of effort and generally suck ass in comparison to his regular Page 2 offerings.
Well duh. Just about anything less than, say, three thousand words, Simmons writes is sub-par. The man simply cannot argue one central point without a dozen references to the White Shadow, Larry Bird, or whatever else randomly pops into his head. In fifty years they'll be introducing stream of consciousness writing to freshmen in high school with his live updates of Shaq's comedy roast. Also ESPN's probably had him on traquilizers for the past week. If not for strong doses of Valium injected directly into the heart, he surelywould have been sent into a state of euphoria from which he would never recover. While this isn't his best work, I'll give him a bit of a break because there's a good chance he's been sitting in his office silently mouthing, "Brady, Brady, Schilling, Brady..." since his return from Jacksonville.
At least he seems to be over his 90210 fixation. That has to count for something.
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