This writer is not a fan of a salary cap in any sport, as in life everything is only worth what anyone is prepared to pay for it, and at times the price appears foolish; Hence the phrase caveat emptor, or buyer beware.
We are raising this issue in relation to the APB Football West State Premier league football competition. Anyone who has watched the league in the past ten years would see that despite the excellent development programs that are now available in the state, the standard of football on offer in the state league has declined. Equally worrying is the fact that the costs of the clubs assembling half decent squads has increased, while crowds have gone south.
These are worrying times and the benefactors that many clubs have cannot continually be shelling out of their own pocket, while the team achieves mediocrity.
We are halfway through season 2010 and once again it appears to be a three horse race between Perth, Floreat Athena and the Western Knights. That is not good for any league, to have a mini league within a league, look at the English and Scottish Premier Leagues to see.
What is more of a concern is the amount of money that some clubs are spending in the hope of winning a trophy come seasons end, yet if they win nothing where will it leave the club financially?
The question has to be asked are players currently playing in the league worth the money that clubs are paying them? We feel in a great deal of cases they are not. Surely a better system would be to have players on performance-based payments, as this season some higher paid players have shown that win or lose they simply don’t care, as long as they get paid.
What has to be better for all concerned would be a team all on a hypothetical figure of $150 per week, with win bonuses being greater for the better players and a sliding scale in terms of experience and ability. A similar but lesser bonus would be available for a draw.
The thing with salary caps is they need policing, otherwise everyone looks to find ways to circumnavigate them, and that is no easy task. There is no doubt that players will still find cash in their boots after a good game, but it is the duty of those involved today to protect the future of the game, and make sure that we do not destroy some of the game’s history in WA by chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
There is no doubt some very good football being played in the APB Football West State Premier League, but there are some players who had they been playing as long as five years ago would not have made their current club’s first team.