Have the Snakes been Screwed by the league?
I have great admiration for Cairns. Despite being obviously one of the poorer teams, they have done incredibly well on a tight budget, and been very successful. They should be admired as a successful model for a lean, community supported, team.
Despite claims by some that part of LK's promise was to prop-up the poorer teams, we saw pretty quickly what his attitude was towards the Crocs.
Now I have to wonder if he has the Snakes in his sights?
I laughed when somebody claimed the NBL would only allow two teams in Qld. Didn't take long, did it.
Now there is talk of Chinese-backed team on the Gold Coast...
Thing is, the promise of the expanded soft-cap, was that the tax would be re-distributed to the poorer teams to compensate. That should have kept Cairns competitive.
But the tax has not even been collected yet, and one article I read suggested there was no guarantee that the money would be directly re-distributed.
It's always been obvious that teams like Perth, NZ, and lately MU had more money to splash around. But Cairns did well with what they had, and the points cap kept things almost fair.
I'm just worried that with the amounts now being spent by teams like Sydney, MU, and Brissy, Cairns are being left behind? For once Perth aren't the leading spender, but when things got tough they had the money to go shopping.
Without a guarantee of money from the tax, paid in time to be beneficial, how long can they keep up?