I think the owners are trying to be sly with their new proposal as obviously one or more of those triggers for their hard cap system will be met. Fair enough. Add the numbers 2, 3, or 4 to every number in that proposal(except salary rollback), suddenly you've got something not as easily trigged and more palateable to players: Example: If three teams exceed 42 million dollars, they go to owners hard cap system. New version: (Add 4) If seven teams exceed 44(add 2) million dollars they go to hard cap system Old Version; If one of the trigger points is met, go to owners new system New Version: If three(add 2) of the trigger points are met , go to new system Sorry I don't have te proposal in front of me, but I think this could work . Owners won't hold themselves in check, so players will have to be responsible, Ex: Player Z will settle for 5 million instead of 6 million, because the extra money will trigger new system. Its a working soft cap. Sure Its not entirly fair to everybody, but whoever siad life was fair?