Are the Wildcats paying LESS this season?
Serious question, how do you think the rosters stack up salarywise?
My understanding is that the Cats have been self-sufficient since moving to the Arena. (Which considering the revenue, is still a cushy gig.)
They made a huge surplus in 13/14, lost money in 14/15 due to hosting only one final, and presumably made out like bandits last year in the finals.
But nobody would suggest they maintained strict adherence to the old Salary Cap. (Whether we're talking creative accounting, or just luxury mansions, who knows.)
Like everyone, they were theoretically constrained by the points cap, but received huge help from loyalty discounts.
This season (despite what has transpired to date) the threat was that salaries would be independently assessed, then made public, and tax levied. The Cats need to maintain self-sufficiency, can't budget on more than one final, consequently would prefer to minimise their tax bill, and would presumably like to avoid the published numbers being too embarrassing.
Martin and Knight would be on good coin, but I'd imagine similar to previous. Wagstaff also similar. Redhage would have dropped, and he, Brandt, Hire, KD, and Kenny would be the 5 under $400k.
Last season I imagine Jawai and Beal would have been amongst the highest paid. Surely no way McKay and JJ and getting the same. Although Prather has undoubtedly increased.
Makes me think maybe this is why they have gone for role players like McKay and JJ (and Ingram) rather than chase guns?