I was just thinking about the Competitive Balance Tax in Baseball and the negotiations going on and was thinking about the concept that was proposed of a 100 million floor. for a lot of small market teams that would be too high of a floor as it makes sense to dip down when doing a rebuild. but the thought that crossed my mind is.... why does it have to be a solid floor? I mean with the competitive balance tax on the top end of teams payrolls they have an escalating penalty each year they are above a limit.
Shouldn't that work if teams drop below a certain limit as well?
I think a better current floor would be between 70 million and 80 million. Drop below it once and receive a slap on the wrist 10% drop in revenue sharing revenue. Do it 2 years in a row make it 40% drop in revenue sharing received and a competitive balance draft pick or have that pick drop a round. do it 3 years in a row loos all revenue sharing designed to boost small market teams and lose all additional competitive draft picks designed to help low revenue teams. I am sure the exact amounts can be negotiated. But I would support a floor built the same way a ceiling has been installed so a team can't be brought down to the studs and receive lots of money....
This would also make tanking more interesting because how would you do it? trading for bad contracts and prospects which teams would probably do. This would help tanking teams get more prospects and get out of the cellar faster. This would be a new wrinkle in the game and a benefit for the players.
Weigh in and tell us what you think about a wobbly floor?