OK, some will say it ain't broke but.........they "fixed" the draft/ping-pong ball situation didn't they?
Given.....Cold Weather/small market teams are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to signing FAs. Players have the money and that gives them the freedom to select where they wish to play when FA time comes. Now I will admit that 99.9% of the time they sign with their current team so they can receive max $ and I have no problem with that. But when a player is willing to look at another team or is forced to by his current team walking away, then he will most assuradly go to a warm weather team or at minimum a major market team.
Since there are no ping-pong balls to allocate during Free Agency lets allocate the $$$$$$$ available. I propose that the warm weather and major market teams be allowed starting salaries 90% of what small market or cold weather teams are allowed. Let us have the upper hand when it comes to dollars and it MIGHT help level the playing field just a bit. Afterall, a warm sunny climate is a perk that we cannot compete against.
Failing to accomplish this then I see us needing to have a discussion about class basketball. (note tongue firmly planted in cheek on that comment)