Salary plan will help, hurt these teams

Proposed changes to cap and floor would liberate some to spend but squeeze others

Originally Published: June 24, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

One of the issues that helped bring the players closer to the owners in labor discussions was changing the amount of money teams must spend during a season.

In the now-expired collective bargaining agreement, teams were required to invest about 86 percent of their salary cap in cap dollars. That was called the payroll floor in the old CBA. A few teams created phony incentives that they never planned to pay just to get over the payroll floor and then pocketed the unspent money.

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