rammagen wrote: Pickled Prunes wrote:
That works but you did not address taxes in states. in NY or LA taxes are higher versus states like Texas or Florida where they have no state tax. so that would also need to be adjusted. If you are going to spread the big market money then flatten the playing field across the board.
For example, a team like Orlando right now can technically out spend NY or LA because there is no state tax so a player making 10 million a yr brings home more in Florida (when they play games in the state they do not pay taxes on that money earned) then the same player making 10 million a yr in NY or LA.
Historically Orlando hasn't done better than LA at acquiring or holding onto free agents. The teams with the greatest disadvantage are in cold whether cities. Nothing Silver can do about the climate so the playing field will never be equal.
The lottery needs to be separated from the playoff seeding altogether. It should consist of an odd number of teams so the weaker conference always has at least on more representative. A 7 or 9 team lottery would be ideal. There is no reason a .500 team should ever be in the lottery. OKC was in the lottery last year with a .549 record. Can you imagine the outcry if they won?
Then explain Miami, Houston, San Antonio even Dallas? My point is valid and Orlando was an example of a team in a state that has no sales tax. Historically since the big 2.5 men formed the president is set to go to where you pay less in taxes generally. Why do you think they formed in miami and not in Toronto or even Cleveland? They could afford to take less because they saved on taxes. That has nothing to do with the climate and everything to do with money and the salary cap not being equal.
Toronto and Cleveland are both cold. Miami, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas are all warm. I think you're making my case for me.
Seriously, I hear what your saying. In reality I think Bosh wanted out of Toronto and nobody was agreeing to go to Cleveland. Miami had a winning culture, had won recently and had Riley at the helm. It was the more practical situation regardless of the taxes or sunshine.
My point was that there are many things that play into the advantage or disadvantage of NBA cities. Taxes are just a small part of the equation. Hopefully on-court opportunity is the #1 factor but quality of life, nightlife, local endorsements and state tax are some of the other considerations. I don't believe most states have a fixed tax rate so adjusting the cap to match the state tax would be tricky to say the least. That said, I don't know why you would try when beachfront property may be a bigger advantage.