Yea i think the 25% will have to be done after the season, there will have to be some process of each club declaring/proving what they have paid players then obviously getting a bill of 25% for each dollar they go over the set threshold, a bit like a tax return really.
The money received is obviously spread amongst the clubs who are below the threshold, it isnt necessarily going to help them beef up there roster, but may help them survive. eg say Townsville lost $150k this season, but then receive a tax distribution of $100k, it makes the net loss 50k which is alot better than 150k, which makes them alot more sustainable, to survive, but probably doesnt really help them beef up there roster as they are still running at a loss.
Mick, i must say i agree with some of the bad teams having too many older players playing major roles, even though most knew they would come bottom or close to. If i was the Crocs would have still got Markovic, but probably wouldnt have bothered keeping Crawford, Hinder or Holmes, as you said could have got another couple of youngsters, cheaper, and discover a future star or 2 along the way.
If the Crocs financial situation doesnt change much for next season and they field a similar type of cheap roster that is likely to miss the playoffs would you rather see something like
C Will Hudson/youngster
Used 2 import bigs as there seems to be less Aussie bigs coming in who are ready to start and most are expensive and not neccisarily young.
Would you keep Markovic, who isnt overly young? i would, use him as a combo guard to support Norton, while giving plenty of minutes to Norton.
What you reckon? as you said in reality that line up would possibly be basically as good as this years, well good enough for bottom 2 and alot cheaper, and could be more exciting to watch if they get the right young talent.
2 guys you could target are Cadee and Creek, not that i want to lose them from the 36ers, but both are young and in that sort of line up could promise them more minutes than they are currently getting in the deep 36ers team, and both are exciting for the fans.