Originally Posted by TORaptor4Ever
I'll never understand why they want to force EVERY team to spend 85-90% of the cap. As the article says... it pretty much GUARANTEES that you'll see horrible contracts handed out all the time. Thought that the owners wanted to get away from that.
This would have been a player request - if the owners were limiting the ability of teams to spend over the cap with a harder luxury tax, the players wanted some guarantee that owners would not be spending much less than the cap.
Also, putting this in was another way for the owners to sell the idea that they wanted to improve parity, which was an argument they needed to reduce exceptions and increase the tax.