make the salary cap a ‘points based’ system. allow clubs to pay players whatever they like, but they are only allowed a certain amount of points. certain amount of origin games and internationals would increase points, as well as players gaining points for playing significant amounts of NRL games, as well as accolades such as Premiership Winner, Dally M TOTY/CCM etc. clubs should be able to have points on a player discounted if they are a local junior, or have had that particular player be involved at the club for more than 5 years. it seems like it’s the only way to stop the ridiculous inconsistencies we have in the NRL.
Won’t work. You are talking about implementing fantasy football. We’ve bandied this idea around before.
You would penalise players for playing rep footy or winning awards if you artificially increase their points cost. More points = less value to a club. Also how do you decide value? Is tackling worth more than scoring tries? Is a prop worth more than a winger?
You can’t have a central group deciding who is worth what, because that impacts earning potential and it would ultimately be a restraint of trade on individuals, probably challenged in court by the RLPA. At the moment the salary cap is a restraint on club spending, a component on the club’s licence. It isn’t a direct restraint on a player’s individual earning potential.
And ultimately, with no actual spending limit, you’d be inviting the rich clubs to load up on the “best” players in the bracket. Imagine trying to compete with the Broncos or Roosters on the best players in the 8s or 9s.
Also other issues - what if you sign a bloke who is a 5, who then hits great form and plays Origin in the 2nd year of contract? Does the club have to release that person if they are adjusted up to an 8. Or if you sign a 9 who doesn’t perform at that level, can you release them, or ask the NRL to re-grade them?
Imagine all the howling and carry-on when the NRL grades players every year and people and clubs and players disagree on the ratings.
it’s about distributing the talent around the league evenly. players would get loyalty discounts for how long they are with a club, whether they be local juniors or long serving players. the way you’d do it would be through accolades and games played, as opposed to actual fundamentals of the game. it would obviously need to be ironed out, but you’re thinking more of a ratings system as opposed to a points system. Cameron Smith would have the highest amount of points in the system, and would be up around say the 120 mark depending on what amount of points you give for certain milestones/accolades. Like all systems it would have it’s issues, but it would equally distribute the stacked lineups of the top teams, simply because they wouldn’t have enough points to accommodate all the superstars.