chaosof99 wrote:For one thing, the idea of tying salaries to state taxes is completely impractical. It makes trades all but impossible, it makes it impossible to gauge any expenditures or other items because taxation levels could be changed mid-season, etc. It also makes no sense because you could name any other number of factors that influence players lives like gas taxes, housing costs, living expenses, etc. I am also not an expert but it also appears that taxes when playing a road game are to be paid to the state the road game is in. If that is true it makes that a complete and total mess.
Furthermore, it also makes no sense on a surface level. Players already take these kinds of things into consideration for a large part. Still doesn't stop teams like Toronto or the Rangers from attracting the biggest free agents on the market.
The most annoying guy in the thread is this Rick74 guy who just constantly posts the same shit about Tampa being able to "outspend" Toronto by $10 million. So fucking what? There are other factors at play as well that are both dependent on the team itself as well as the state the team is in. Conveniently those factors are ignored entirely.
Some of these problems are easily dealt with. For example, you'd set the cap calculation based on tax code as of July 1. And, yes, games played on the road get taxed locally, but that is already a mess and could easily get rolled into a new calculation.
I also think you are kidding yourself if you think players don't take taxes into account. We get less reporting on hockey, but it's a fact of life that athletes game their residency status to lower their tax burden. Derek Jeter "lived" in Florida to escape NY taxes as much as possible, for example. So, if you are in a hard cap league, then local taxes matter a great deal ... and do represent an advantage or disadvantage.
So, it's an issue ... but that's life.