Follow Major League Baseball: Ditch the Salary Cap

Phillip KernContributor IFebruary 18, 2009

I felt like putting a fun post up with all the serious stuff going around lately.

This actually comes from a conversation I had recently with my dad. In talking about the sporting world, which we always seem to do, we got on to the salary cap. Currently, Major League Baseball is the only sport that operates without one and it should stay that way.

But, why, you might ask? Why would you get rid of something that has leveled the playing field?

Let me answer with another question: When was the last great dynasty in sports that you have heard of?

The Yankees of the late '90s? The Dallas Cowboys of the '90s? The New England Patriots of this decade? The Detroit Red Wings of this decade?

Yeah, some of these are okay, but they pale in comparison to some of the greatest dynasties in sports history.

Pittsburgh Steelers of the '70s, San Francisco 49ers of the '80s, Edmonton Oilers of the '80s, Chicago Bulls of the '90s, and the list goes on and on.

Here's the point: Some of the greatest stories in sports come from the rise and fall of dynasties. It's what captivates our imagination, and it's the thing that gets us wondering about the impossible.

Sure, a level playing field creates parity, but one that is imposed by a salary cap is just a bogus excuse for some of these teams to have a chance to be competitive. Everyone complains about the lack of a salary cap in baseball, but look at who made it to the World Series last year. Don't even start the argument that the Yankees buy their championships, since they haven't one won since 2000 (especially you stupid Red Sox fans, who, by the way, have the second highest payroll in baseball. You bandwagon jumpers are an embarrassment to the real fans.)

Perhaps the best way for sports to succeed is to follow baseball's example and do away with the salary cap. This would truly be competition at its finest, and the teams that do deserve to be there will actually stay around. This could also end the era of overpaid players, because once owners realize that the tickets will get too expensive for their fans to afford, the reality will hit them of how much they pay some of the dead wood that may be on their payroll currently.