My beloved NZ Warriors Rugby League team, faces being docked up to six competition points before the new NRL season begins after the NRL’s latest salary cap scandal was uncovered on Tuesday.
This is an ongoing problem for the NRL. The Bulldogs were stripped of the minor premiership and fined over $NZ500,000 in 2002, for salary cap breaches.
This has got me thinking about the salary cap issue. The idea was introduced by the NRL supposedly to “spread the talent around” so that no one club can buy the best players and dominate the game.
This socialist thinking has had, as all socialist ideas do, some nasty unintended consequences.
The worst has been the fostering of dishonesty and corruption as clubs have come up with all sorts of dodgy schemes and shady deals to attract and retain key players.
Sport mirrors life and we all know that human beings have an innate drive to betterment that will subvert any artificial barrier placed in their way.
In a free society, the way to improving one’s circumstances is through honest achievement. In a regulated society, or an overtaxed society, the route to betterment always involves at least minor dishonesty or corruption.
By putting an artificial barrier on player salaries, the NRL has guaranteed that a culture of corruption will arise and scandals will be inevitable. This will further tarnish the image of what is easily one of the best spectator sports in the world.
The NRL would be better to remove all salary caps and let the market work.
Some teams might dominate for a while, but half the fun of watching sport is seeing underdogs beat the big boys.
Has the status of Manchester United ever harmed soccer? Has the dominance of the world’s best provincial Rugby team, the Canterbury Crusaders, damaged the Super 14 competition?
If Rugby League is ever to secure its future as a growing sport, it needs to dump the socialist, “give everyone a chance at winning” attitude.
Abolish the salary cap, let the market work and allow huge talent the opportunity to earn huge money.
Go the Warriors!