Originally posted by CUG
i think the Pies should stop crying now!
Well not really... Brizzy get an extra $500-600 large in the cap per season don't they? That's equivalent to 3 extra stars or an extra handful of good players. Now realistically that just isn't fair when we're supposed to be playing in an equalised (almost communist) system.
Greg Miller was on White Line Fever on FFC last night and made an excellent point when asked by a caller what he thinks of the current salary cap benefits the Lions and Swans are getting.
He said that if Sydney are getting an extra bonus in the cap for 'Cost of Living' because it's so much higher than in Melbourne, then why don't the Victorian clubs get a COL bonus over the Western and South Australian clubs because the cost of living in Melbourne is so much higher than in Adelaide and Perth?
He then went on to say that as far as player retention goes, the Tigers have almost as many 'foreigners' on their list as what Sydney and Brisbane do when you count all the Tasmanians, West Aussies and South Aussies but when it comes to re-signing these players Richmond don't have the extra money that the northern teams do to encourage players to stay.
Obviously the northern teams do need extra assistance to retain players and manage the cost of living, but it's the contradictions and inconsistencies that are driving not just the various clubs up the wall, but the fans as well.