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Wage Caps in Football

I am writing an article on Money in Football which applies to all leagues including Serie A and wanted to gain a consensus on wheather people agree with or think Wage Caps in football are a good idea and would help with the financial deficit of many clubs. Thanks for the Help, give your reasons to your answers on the poll
Curva Fiesole

My view is that this would only work if universally applied - salary caps in individual leagues would merely result in some leagues becoming stronger and others weaker.  case in point, look at rugby union at present.  The salary cap in France is around £7m per year, £4m in England and £3m in Wales (not sure of figures elsewhere).  We are seeing an exodus of players from England and Wales to French clubs as they have the money to spend on players wages.
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Curva Fiesole wrote:
My view is that this would only work if universally applied - salary caps in individual leagues would merely result in some leagues becoming stronger and others weaker.  case in point, look at rugby union at present.  The salary cap in France is around £7m per year, £4m in England and £3m in Wales (not sure of figures elsewhere).  We are seeing an exodus of players from England and Wales to French clubs as they have the money to spend on players wages.


An excelent point it would have to be applied across Europe which is the main problem if the Premier league applied a wage cap players would leave making the English clubs less succesful in european competitions which would then result in less money.
VinciPerNoiMagicaBrescia

Absolutely 100% no.

This is usually the preaching of fans / owners of clubs who know that they do not have the means to challenge for trophies the way things are.

Whether football is a sport or not, it is a business. It is a competitive business on and off the pitch. The clubs who strive for better stadiums, better training facilities and more income will go and work for the investment that ultimately comes in. This of course going hand in hand with where they are based, because the location plays a part as well. As long as clubs are not breaking the law with regards to where they get their investment, then it is a level playing field. The game as it stands does not stop any club from going out and working for additional investment that will ultimately allow them to attract better players, and in turn pay better wages.

I'm a supporter of Brescia. I know that barring a miracle, we will never have the resources to win Serie A. In fact even returning to Serie A and challenging for a top 10 finish on a regular basis would be a miracle right now. We are a big club, but geographically we are close to the richest city in Italy, and I know that both us and Atalanta Bastardi Dea will always struggle to compete with Milan and Inter. Historically these clubs made an effort to attract more investment, and they deserve what they have. Just because we cannot compete, it doesn't mean that I want for wage caps to be introduced just to allow those who didn't try as hard to unfairly catch up. Football is a competitive sport AND business, and it is our duty to better ourselves through hard work both on and off the pitch.

I respect all other sports and if certain wage models work for them then good for them. But this is football. The new financial fair play regulations will be a positive step forward and so will goal line technology. Apart from that, the game is just fine.
Liam

I don't think a salary cap is the answer, as I don't think clubs should be told how much of their cash they can spend on wages, or players be told that £x is the most you're allowed to earn.

I am in support of Financial Fair Play as clubs do need to be more responsible when it comes to spending money, and making sure that they spend what they earn to prevent financial problems.  It's also important that the relevant authorities do everything they can to ensure the owners of football clubs are legitimate and have the clubs best interest at heart.

If clubs earn the cash then they should spend it on whatever wages they like.  If clubs aspire to spend more then they should be more creative in their overall business plan (not in a shifty way obviously), or work harder at developing the team they have.

A salary cap like in American sports just isn't workable in European football.
Mezz

What Liam said.
Domenic

No way. Wage caps/salary caps is not a good idea. Clubs should be able to spend what they want on wages, you can't punish a club for being successful or popular or having a rich owner.

I do believe however, clubs should spend what they earn which is where FFP comes in if it's actually implemented correctly. FFP is a good thing and already a few clubs have been punished.
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Thank you for all your help what you said came in handy and hopefully I will get a Decent grade because of it Cheers  
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