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German federation boss wants to consider salary cap in soccer

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It’s long been said that there are some aspects of American sports that European clubs would welcome if not for its ages of tradition.

One of the more popular theories is that the biggest clubs in Europe would welcome the elimination of relegation from the top flight. Another is the idea of a cap on player wages.

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German federation boss Fritz Keller proffered this idea Tuesday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and it will be sure to receive tepid reaction at best.

From Sky Sports:

“We must bring professional football closer to the people again,” he told the federation’s website. “We have to think about a salary cap. Commissions for player advisors and huge transfer sums are increasingly irritating society and alienate it from our beloved sport. [The coronavirus crisis] offers the opportunity to look ahead and to reposition football in order to preserve it for future generations.”

A few things about something that will almost certainly not take place. First and foremost, “bringing professional football closer to the people” is an admirable goal but a salary cap is just stopping the wealth potential of a new class of people (Unless, of course, they’ll also be putting a cap on how much executives and owners can keep in their coffers after a successful season).

Also, the first league to implement a cap, depending on how high the cap is, will immediately hamstring its clubs in terms of keeping their best players and maintaining depth. It would have to be universally adopted by all of the major leagues.

And watching how clubs like Real Madrid and PSG have operated, the idea that they’d accept something like this is frankly hilarious. Federation and confederations would have to double and triple its monitoring of off the books payments. A cap may also accelerate the idea of a super league.

On the other hand, the elimination of extra agent fees would be a fascinating experiment. It always reads funny when you know an agent is getting X percent of a transfer fee and then an additional pay-out by the club. This could definitely use some tinkering, at least in how it’s relayed to the public.

Bundesliga ready to play in May if government allows

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Germany’s top two flights are prepared to play soccer if they get the green light from the government.

That conditional is a massive one, but the German Football Federation has announced plans for the return of the Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga. Multiple outlets say the target date is May 9, but the federation refrained from putting a firm date in its release.

The announcement comes just days after the Netherlands banned public events until at least Sept. 1.

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The matches will begin behind closed doors next month if the government okays the plan.

The federation sure seems to have done due diligence. It says that all laboratories “have guaranteed in writing” that the testing of footballers will not hinder their ability to test the general public. The federation is also donating around $540,000 in testing materials for publicly-funded healthcare.

The maximum amount of people at matches is listed down to the person, with 213 people in the stadium at Bundesliga matches with an additional 109 on the exterior. Those figures drop to 188 and 82 for matches in the second tier.

The federation has also allocated some of the money put into a solidarity fund by the Bundesliga’s four Champions League outfits. It will be dispersed to women’s sides and 3.Liga clubs that are not Bundesliga reserve sides (Bayern Munich II is in the 3.Liga).

We won’t jinx it, and we certainly hope the plan is sound… but my goodness would it be nice to watch some live soccer on our screens as soon as next month.