The free agency/cap system has built-in protections for players assuring that various dollar amounts for minimum salaries and tenders will increase along with league revenues during the term of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Since gate revenues increase each year along with built-in increases in network TV contracts, there is a higher cap each year. Meanwhile, individual clubs have to spend an average of 90% of the Salary Cap on player salaries over three tranches: 2021-2023, 2024-2026, and 2027-2030. The league-wide spend is 95% over those same time periods.
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