deerayfan072 wrote:What are some ways to punish a team who violates a salary cap in an auction league? During the season and during the draft?
During the draft is simple - the owner loses the player he violated the cap with his winning bid (that player goes to the next highest bidder since the owner can't legally keep him anyway) - and an arbitrary time penalty can be imposed where he cannot bid on any players (i.e putting him in the penalty box) - thereby possibly missing out on a player or two he might have wanted to bid on. It's each individual owners responsibility to keep up with their own financial situation during an auction - especially when multiple players are bid on at the same time - and large cap numbers are used (i.e 90 million, etc.).
It is very hard for a commissioner to keep a running real-time financial status as bids are being made - without the help of the rest of the league owners. He might catch one or two instances - but not every one where a bid actually puts an owner over the cap - even if it is completely by accident and 50,000 over budget. Auctions are fluid - and a player comes off the board whether the commissioner is at work, sleeping , taking a shower or whatever once the time limit for the bid expires.
During the season is a whole different situation. There really is no excuse why the commissioner cannot identify the situation that puts a player over the cap - and stop it before it happens - as all trades should be reviewed before going final - especially when their is a salary cap for this very reason - and all bids on players during the season are either blind bids or open bids on a select few players at a time - again subject to final approval by the commissioner.
I'll say this though - if an owner repeatedly makes trades or bids that would otherwise put them over the cap - then there is a pretty good chance that they are trying to slide one by unnoticed. In that case - the best punishment is to revoke their trade/bidding privliges (i.e like the auction example above - put them in the penalty box). It draw attention to them from the rest of the league owners - and that is usually enough to stop a recurrence.
Then again - if you really have to ponder stronger punishment than putting an owner in the penalty box - then he probably is a candidate for the boot.