The expected agreement between the NFL and players will do what empty seats, TV blackouts and some dismal seasons couldn’t do for the Tampa Buccaneers.
It will force the Glazers to open up their wallets.
Salary caps save owners from themselves. Salary floor minimums save teams and fans from owners on the cheap.
Those who run low budget NFL teams like the Glazer family who owns Bucs will have less room to hide.
No need to weep. Their franchise is not steeped in poverty. It just tries to look that way.
It was the 13th best revenue producing team among the NFL’s 32 franchises in 2009 and one of 16 teams valued at over $1 billion, according to Forbes.
The Glazers do have a huge debt because of other investments, but Buc fans have a right to say that’s not their problem.
Reports say teams will now have to spend at least 89 percent of the salary cap in cold, hard cash on its players. “Show Me The Money,” could become a rallying cry around Raymond James Stadium.
That’s a lot different than the previous agreement when teams like the Bucs used their own version of “New Math” to make you believe they were spending the league mandated minimum on players.
The old deal called for teams to come within 84 percent of the salary cap to reach the floor, but left ways to circumvent the rules such as throwing unreachable incentives into the equation. It was a game the Bucs were masters at playing.
They were so ingenious it makes us wonder how much better Bucs Nation would be if their accountants were put to better use.
It has been reported that Tampa has committed $63.8 million to its 2011 salary cap, which is the lowest in the league. The Bucs also had the NFL’s lowest payroll in last year’s uncapped season.
With the new cap expected to be at $120 million, they are going to have to spend more than $40 million more than last season.
Davin Joseph must be smiling and Josh Freeman has to be feeling better about his blindside.
There were rumors the Glazers were opposed to this part of the CBA, which would make sense.
But they know this is a big boy’s game and if you can’t pay don’t play.
Before a tsunami of tears start flowing out of One Buc Place, remember owners will be raking in more money in a $9 billion industry that keeps growing.
We all know there hasn’t yet been a rule set down by man that can’t be circumvented. The Bucs could ask for immediate relief and get an extension to meet the salary floor. They could invent a new number system, but their world has changed.
If your owner doesn’t care about putting a poor product on the field, paying fans have the right break into his vault and release the cash. If this deal works, such dirty work will take care of itself.
This couldn’t come at a better time for the Bucs.
Don’t let that 10-6 last season record fool you. The team was much improved, but a lot of expensive parts need to be added before it is a consistent playoff contender.
Last year, the Bucs fed off the weak, getting four wins over the dreadful NFC West conglomerate of NFL make-believers, got two more against hapless Carolina and in the last game got win over a New Orleans Saints team that had nothing to play for before the clock ran out.
The close losses were more talked about than the wins, which tell you something.
That is not to diminish the turn-around from a 3-13 season, but this is a far from finished product.
The NFL tries to help the weak and downtrodden each year with its scheduling. This time around the Bucs won’t have it so easy and they need to be better.
This will be money well spent.