Do you think that Premier League footballers charge too much? Do you think the Premier League is becoming less competitive and more predictable? Do you think there will be a growing gap between the few elite teams that challenge for honors each season and those teams for whom the idea of ​​competing for a trophy is only understandable in their wildest dreams? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, please continue reading as I present a careful critique of the Barclays Premier League and compare its conduct and practices with that of the famous North American competition, the National Hockey League (or simply the NHL).

The NHL introduced a universal league-wide salary cap in 2005. This means that a predetermined figure is announced at the start of each new season that dictates a budget that all teams must adhere to. The maximum figure changes annually because it is calculated based on NHL earnings from the previous season. The salary cap consists of two main elements, a "ceiling" and a "floor": the ceiling is the name given to the maximum amount that teams can collectively spend on player salaries and must be strictly adhered to, the floor is the name given to the minimum amount that teams must spend on collective wages.

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The salary cap system was introduced as a way to control possible salary increases for players, and as stated, the cap has the ability to fluctuate from year to year depending on the strengths of NHL's revenue sources. It is argued that it promotes equity by ensuring that NHL revenues are distributed equally across all teams, which in theory at least provides a level playing field for every team across the league, from market franchises monumentally rich even the smallest. Specifically designed to eradicate the notion of a particularly rich franchise by buying a team of superstars and leaving others in their wake, this same idea is sure to make Manchester City and Chelsea fans feel sick to their stomachs.

So what does all this have to do with football and the Premier League? Good question. In the seven NHL seasons since the salary cap was introduced, hockey fans have seen seven different teams crown themselves Stanley Cup Champions. Compare this to the fact that in the Premier League's 20-year history, only FIVE different teams have won the Championship. It is clear to see which of these two organizations markets a more competitive product.

The idea of ​​a different team winning the Premier League title each season is absolutely unheard of and of course the elite minority would be completely against any system as it would threaten their in-game status and their ability to produce periods of sustained success in the field. But something needs to be done to address the growing problem of ever-increasing player salaries because the following figures present an unsustainable picture of overspending. Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City spent 114% of their earnings on player salaries during the 2010-2011 season, and other clubs like Aston Villa (103%), Chelsea (84%) and Sunderland (77%) also They spent incredible numbers on player wages.

For some reason, the idea of ​​a competitive and unpredictable Premier League seems to scare people, and various arguments have been used to combat any kind of conversation. Arguments that can be easily overridden when examined. Arguments citing that a salary cap would discourage the world's best players from joining Premier League teams, well, some argue that the world's best players don't play in the Premier League anyway (none of the three nominees for the 2012 World Player of the Year award currently at stake in the Premier League). Furthermore, in recent years there have been constant calls from various media outlets suggesting that the growing number of world-class foreign players joining Premier League teams is damaging the development of national talent and therefore inhibiting the potential of the English national team. Do fans want to see a monopolized national league or a successful national team?

The introduction of wage caps will also present perceptions of socialism from the outside, which is widely considered negative in a western capitalist society. However, American competitions like the NHL and also the NFL currently operate with set salary limits,

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