10 Reasons L.A. Dodgers Are—and Aren't—Making Baseball Consider a Salary Cap

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10 Reasons L.A. Dodgers Are—and Aren't—Making Baseball Consider a Salary Cap
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Of the top tier of North American professional sports leagues—hockey's NHL, football's NFL, basketball's NBA, soccer's MLS and baseball's MLB—only Major League Baseball does not employ a salary cap. In lieu of a bona fide cap, MLB implements a luxury tax, allowing teams to exceed a certain payroll threshold in exchange for a tax, payable to the league, which is imposed on the excess amount.

For a sport in which the New York Yankees have long held the top slot of highest payroll expenditures—New York's AL club has spent more on players annually every season since 1999—the debate of whether baseball should institute a salary cap has devolved into a stale argument.

Yet now that the Bronx Bombers may, for the first time this century, have their spending power surpassed by a powerhouse NL team, that tax vs. cap debate can be revisited.

Is it time for a change?

Or is the mere possibility of a changing of baseball business's top dog an illusion, a irrelevant fact that neither strengthens nor damages either position?

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