Simon Poidevin (60)
To what extent you allow these deals creates an interesting discussion re salary cap breaches etc. I would think if these MLR players/coaches were simply being gifted gyms worth $250k it would be an unfair contract advantage. If they, however, were investing their own money and being given assistance or discounts on equipment, it probably falls on the ‘safe’ side of that grey area.
Same thing happens overseas in different sports in what they call ‘big market’ franchises, there are just better business opportunities in those markets which in turn attracts the better players who want to make money outside their contracted salaries.
Oh, it was contentious among MLR fans. But they aren't the only club that gets creative. Before LA many bemoaned San Diego and its ability to draw talent off a small cap. The cap covers direct payments and can be boosted by $250k from $500k to $750k a season based on if they achieve their development goals which each club met last season.
There's probably a deal of truth in what you're suggesting and I don't think every player would be on these kind of arrangements.