FanPost

Does the EPL need a salary cap?

In his column (seen here) Grant Wahl argues that the 4 6-0 scorelines so far in the EPL suggest a lack of competitive balance that is hurting the EPL. He goes on to say that sooner or later, the EPL will need to introduce some sort of salary cap (not as stringent as some American leagues).

What do you think of this? I have some reservations about this and how it will be implemented. How can you take a team that was built without a salary cap and shove it under a cap without decimating each team at  the top?

I would also like to know how this would reveberate through the lower leagues. I am not sure that the lower divisions could handle the same salary cap as premier teams. This could lead to the same teams bouncing back and forth between promotion and relegation.

Finally, and the biggest strike against this, is that a salary cap could be the death of the EPL if other leagues do not adapt a similar cap. The biggest draw for stars is the chance to play Champions League football. Do you think they would jeopardize this and sign as the star for a weak team in the EPL when they could make more money and be guaranteed Champions League with Real Madrid, Inter Milan, etc?

If a salary cap is implemented in England but not other countries, I think we will see a mass exodus of stars, weakening the league. Although it hurts the competitive balance at times, I think that these scorelines are an early abberation and nothing to worry about. As Wahl says, this has happened only 20 other times so it looks like more of a early season deviation related to teams finding their identity, form and chemistry rather than a long term problem. I think that the lack of a salary cap is fine for the EPL and one should not be implemented.

Thoughts?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bitter and Blue

You must be a member of Bitter and Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bitter and Blue. You should read them.

Join Bitter and Blue

You must be a member of Bitter and Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bitter and Blue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker