The latest fiasco concerning Jarryd Hayne taking a near 60% pay cut and NRL being okay with it has once again highlighted the vagaries with a salary-cap/TPA arrangement as we know it. It is clear that some clubs do this very well while the majority cannot compete.
Some others on this forum that know the game better than I, have been suggesting a rating or points system for players/teams instead of a salary cap. I now agree with them!
From my work as a designer, I’ve learned that virtually everything in life can be exactly quantified. It’s basically how the human race operates. There is absolutely no reason why an NRL player can’t be quantified. This could be interpreted as a value - but not a Fantasy type value, it would need to be far more complex and far-reaching than that.
It absolutely can be done properly - not that I’m confident the NRL could do it properly given their track record. But the way that things are going seem to be reaching boiling point and is not good for the longevity of the game.