Monday, July 13, 2015

Hometown Season 30: The Vote

Look! Some overly complicated graph!
Oh, the IFA cap.  The current rule states:

"No team may spend in excess of $30M on international prospects in a single season. Franchises who violate this rule must accept a $3M prospect cash penalty in the following season for every $1M over the $30M limit. Owners who fail to comply with the rule will be penalized and warned, and repeat offenders will be expelled from the world. The owner will also be required to release the International Free Agent commanding the largest bonus into the following season's free agent pool."

I've put together some data on the IFA signings since the rule went into effect in season 22.  What is striking about the data I've put together is that the teams that have signed 'max' IFA players have been above average or elite teams.  Of the 18 total IFAs signed at 'max' deals, only 6 went to teams with records below .500 (one of which was 80-82).  It's also worth noting that only 11 teams accounted for the 18 signings, and 5 of the teams had more than one since S22.  This suggests that the rule doesn't really benefit 'rebuilding' teams.

The rule was originally put in place to improve the competitive balance of the world and discourage tanking with paltry payrolls.  The MWR has been instituted since then so the IFA cap is no longer really needed for maintaining competitive balance.

I'll be sending each team a TC asking for their vote on whether to 'keep' the rule or 'drop' the current rule and go back to an uncapped IFA situation starting in S31.

- The Commish

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