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Old 12-04-2017, 08:04 PM   #1
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Why is there no natural salary cap inflation?

Topic. Why does the salary cap never go up automatically? There should at least be a built in percentage for this sort of thing (like in the NHL Franchise mode). Yes you can do it with commish powers but not in challenge mode.
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Old 12-05-2017, 01:57 AM   #2
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We tried it in FHM2014 and it didn't work out well. Salary levels also increase with the extra cap space, and after 10-20 years, they're so high that they don't look realistic.

Consider: The real NHL cap has increased by an average of about 5% annually since the last CBA. If you take an average contract value in 2017-18, say $3 million, and increase it by 5% per year, you're approaching $6 million 15 years later. People have a frame of reference for salary numbers that's generally tied to their current level. When second-liners are all making $6m+, that doesn't look right to them, and resulted in a lot of complaints about the game's salary structure.

And to put the cap and salary increases in a realistic context, all dollar values in the game would need to inflate over time - ticket prices, staff salaries, other expenses. If they don't, revenues will have problems keeping pace with the salary cap levels. To do cap increases properly, the game's economic engine would need to get a lot more sophisticated. So right now, everything just stays at a 2017-18 level, with no inflation of any kind, cap or otherwise.
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Old 12-05-2017, 04:18 AM   #3
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I'd just like to say that I agree with the decision to not implement inflation. I get why it's attempting to be done with other games, but I honestly wish that they wouldn't. It's a good idea in principle, it's just... it causes problems that are completely avoidable, I think.
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