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mesaSteeler
02-14-2010, 10:54 PM
Commentary: Steelers’ self-imposed cap is common sense
By Kyle Nagel, Staff Writer
7:53 PM Saturday, February 13, 2010
http://www.daytondailynews.com/dayton-sports/commentary-steelers-self-imposed-cap-is-common-sense-547339.html

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced last week that they’re going to act like we hope more NFL franchises act in the great unknown of the non-salary cap wilderness.

NFL teams will play 2010 without a salary cap because of a lack of a collective bargaining agreement, which means they are allowed to spend as much as they want. But the Steelers are showing restraint, saying they will treat the season as if it were still capped, which would require the salaries to total between $111 million and $128 million.

They’re doing this, they say, because it’s the best thing for the league and the game.

Trying to madly outspend other teams, many believe, would cripple the league’s place as the most beloved in the American sporting world.

Things are just more fair in the NFL. Granted, the lack of a salary cap is the more capitalistic method, the one that most fits the model of business throughout the rest of the country.

But the NFL, everyone has to admit, has a pretty good thing going.

The Super Bowl was just watched by 106.5 million people. Ratings continue to climb. The league is going in a positive direction in almost every way conceivable.

Except for the labor issue, which threatens to challenge all of that.

The Steelers’ announcement shows that restraint is possible. Let’s see how many follow that lead.

Contact this reporter at (937) 225-7389 or knagel@DaytonDailyNews.com.

GBMelBlount
02-15-2010, 08:30 AM
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced last week that they’re going to act like we hope more NFL franchises act in the great unknown of the non-salary cap wilderness.

But the Steelers are showing restraint, saying they will treat the season as if it were still capped

They’re doing this, they say, because it’s the best thing for the league and the game.


Agreed.

Unfortunately, I would imagine there are some big market teams that might pull out their wallets to make up for their inability to dominate with a "level" playing field as the Steelers have done time and time again.