Quote Originally Posted by Sea Ray View Post
Why do you have to compensate them? Is Japan a free country? Do they compensate us when they sign our players? When a Japanese player is a free agent he should be free to negotiate with American teams. If he's not the problem lies in Tokyo, not NY. If Japan wants to make it possible for their players to show off their skills in America, they'll come up with a system to let them walk.

Surely you're not trying to protect a system that pays them $50m for negotiating rights? That's part of the idiocy that needs to be abolished.
Actually european soccer teams do it quite a bit. They pay a transfer fee in order to sign a player from a different league.

I agree there has to be something done about negotiating rights. They can incorporate that into some kind of international draft. Let the teams chose players and then deal with the negotiating rights.