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DP rule changed to allow younger players to cost less

DP rule changed to allow younger players to cost less

MLS says sliding scale for Designated Players will tempt new talent


NEW YORK — Five years after its introduction revolutionized the face of the league, the Designated Player rule just got a whole lot younger.

On Tuesday, MLS unveiled a new type of DP mechanism that is projected to bring in a new crop of young international stars to the league.

Beginning in 2012, teams can acquire Designated Players based overseas :
:- who are 20 years of age or younger for a budget charge of only $150,000

:- while Designated Players between the ages of 21 to 23 will count just $200,000 against a team’s salary budget.

:- Current DPs represent a $335,000 hit to a club’s player budget and now will be for players 24+


“If you look at it, our Designated Players are anywhere from mid to late 20s to early 30s,” said MLS executive vice president of competition and player relations, Todd Durbin, on a media teleconference call. “We’re getting good players, veteran players and players with experience but we’ve been out of the market for young, promising players in this area.

“We’re hoping with this rule change we’ll tear down this last barrier of entry and bring in quality players at every place in their career and truly have the ability to get into the market of young players to be able to bring in and grow stars of the future for Major League Soccer.”

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MLS is willing to spend more money if it creates new fans or new revenue. DPs can create new revenue and fans through star players that attract eyeballs and sell shirts. Investing in young players can create new revenue through transfer fees. Simply raising the base cap, however, will likely serve mainly to give raises to the players we already have or else just replace them with marginally better players that won't attract any new fans. Not to mention that the Players' Union generally does not care about DP salaries or Academy players so MLS can play with these numbers all they want without worrying about giving away their bargaining chips.

Gradually increasing the base cap will gradually increase the talent level of the league which will gradually increase the fan support. I'm not sure, however, that significantly increasing the base cap will significantly increase the talent level and significantly increase the fan support.

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MLS is willing to spend more money if it creates new fans or new revenue. DPs can create new revenue and fans through star players that attract eyeballs and sell shirts. Investing in young players can create new revenue through transfer fees. Simply raising the base cap, however, will likely serve mainly to give raises to the players we already have or else just replace them with marginally better players that won't attract any new fans. Not to mention that the Players' Union generally does not care about DP salaries or Academy players so MLS can play with these numbers all they want without worrying about giving away their bargaining chips.

Gradually increasing the base cap will gradually increase the talent level of the league which will gradually increase the fan support. I'm not sure, however, that significantly increasing the base cap will significantly increase the talent level and significantly increase the fan support.
the key word in gradual
this is only one part of the solution
this
with youth academies and transfers will all together inrease the talent level
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