I'm asking in broad terms of course. The current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2014 season. A bit of background information for people who have more interesting lives than I do. The CBA is probably the single greatest influence on roster rules in any sports league. It is an agreement between the league and players union on player salaries, how much can players make, how much can teams spend? They are all codified in the CBA. Other roster rules can be agreed upon at other times, the Youth DP rule would be a good example of this, but they are usually less significant in nature than changes made during the creation of a new bargaining process. In my extremely uninformed opinion the next CBA will lead to some big changes due to the fact that the league is making a hell of a lot more money now than it was the last time this process rolled around.
So what do you think? Should the league should massively increase the salary cap or just bump it up a little bit? Allow 4 DP's? 5? Maybe lower a DP's cap hit? Increase or decrease international slots? Get rid of the national team allocation process? Increase the number of discovery tags?
As a starting point, I'm thinking the league should allow teams to have 3 standard DP's or 2 standards as well as 2 youths. This would allow teams a mix of "win now" big signings while still being able to sign promising young talent.
I would like to see the DP cap hit become a much smaller percentage of the total limit. For instance in 2012 the cap budget is $2.8 million. At $350K a DP takes up a bit more than 12% of a teams total budget, or 37% if they sign three. In my opinion those three DP's should be closer to 25-30%. This would allow for better depth, better depth makes for a better product. One of the reasons Seattle has been successful over the last four seasons is because our bench has consistently punched way above its weight class, we won't always be able to depend on that though. Being able to sign a third stringer worth $80K rather than 40 could make a big difference. This could come either from increasing the total cap budget (my preferred option), decreasing the DP hit, or, most likely, a combination of both.
A while back someone smarter than me posted an idea for a "Bird Exception" type clause in MLS. This would be a DP type mechanism allowing a team to resign a current player at less than their current hit. The best example of this would be Ozzie, hell let's just name it after him. Let's say his contract was up this season, and he wants a massive raise (thoroughly deserved in my mind). An Alonso Exemption would allow him to be resigned to a DP sized contract, but not take up a DP slot. This makes sense for a few reasons. One, it allows teams to keep their best players, if they aren't ready to lose that player. Two, it allows teams to further develop talent. We don't want to have to sell a great player because his next contract puts him right around $350k. Three, it's largely about fans, it allows teams to keep a player that the fans probably love. I'm all about leagues serving fans first.
Lastly, some cost of living stuff. Minimum on cap salary needs a bump to around $55K, and off cap should be around $45K. I feel bad for guys that sign and move to Seattle or New York or Chicago on a $33 thousand salary. It's definitely livable, but if they have a family to support that's gonna be pretty thin. Also, and this may already be the case but not public information, teams should be able to cover some moving and living expenses. Maybe a rent stipend or something.
What do you guys think? Are my guys thinking similar things? Or are do my ideas make no sense to you?