Feel free to merge elsewhere....
If the AFL is serious about a 9.8% Sydney cost of living allowance, why not:
1) Give the Swans the same salary cap as everyone else.
2) Give each individual Sydney player an additional 9.8% on top of their club salary.
and how will this change anything? This is effectively how it is 'supposed' to be now in theory, but all handled by the Swans.
For example, a player who wants 500K would just get offered 450K by Sydney, with the AFL kicking in the rest. Nothing really changes.
The whole thing doesnt make sense, but if there was an argument for COLA - why is it a % based thing?
So Buddy "needs" $100,000 more to live, but a first year player only 'needs' $6,000 more to live in Sydney? It makes no sense. Does Buddy eat more meals than a rookie does he? Goes to more movies does he? Does he pay more for petrol does he? Is his cough medicine more than a rookies, is it?
IF, and a big IF you want a COLA - it should be a flat amount. Say $25,000 each per player. That means it is a sliding scale for a rookie on 60K it is a bigger % than that for a player on $1 million.
What makes sense though is a player on anymore than say $150,000 should not be entitled to a COLA. It is a joke.