Why hasn’t any club exceeded the soft cap?

Urashueinkid

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WCE, hawthorn and Collingwood could comfortably pay above the soft cap and pay the tax. If this provides a competitive advantage, why is there a reluctance to pay the tax?
 

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Belnakor

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Ben88

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I'd say most of the player contracts have performance bonuses attached.

These bonuses would need to be included in the player cap, but they aren't guaranteed to pay out?
 

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ghostbat12

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WCE, hawthorn and Collingwood could comfortably pay above the soft cap and pay the tax. If this provides a competitive advantage, why is there a reluctance to pay the tax?
Because it’s giving money to prop up other clubs.

So what is the benefit? Pay more money so that other clubs have more, which means everyone pays more money for the same thing and then you are forced to pay even more money for that same thing and that’s how inflation works.
 

JeanLucGoddard

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Because it’s giving money to prop up other clubs.

So what is the benefit? Pay more money so that other clubs have more, which means everyone pays more money for the same thing and then you are forced to pay even more money for that same thing and that’s how inflation works.
And even if the big clubs DO spend enough that they are getting a noticeable advantage like the AFL will just up the rate to bring it back to a "more equal" situation.
 

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