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CASC PLAYER SALARIES OUT OF CONTROL
Mike Murphy's mega contract stirring turmoil amongst team owners
October 13 1998
 
    What had always been amicable relations between all 6 CASC team 
owners have suddenly turned into sour grapes over the latest mega 
contract signing in the CASC Ball Hockey League.
 
    The main culprit is Bluedogs owner Cookie Nethersole who has been
under heavy criticism from every CASC team owner after signing 
second year forward Mike Murphy to an unprecedented 7 year 
$105 000 000 contract that will handsomely pay Mr Murphy an annual 
salary of $15 000 000 US. "Mike was about to walk out on us in the 
off-season and was also contemplating retirement. I had to do what 
was necessary in order to keep Mike in a Bluedog jersey. We now have 
our main man signed. The Bluedogs will be competitive for many
more years with Murph around" said Cookie. On top of his $15 000 000
annual salary, Murphy's contract is loaded with bonus and incentive 
clauses that could easily boost his salary to a whopping 
$25 000 000 US per year.
 
    When asked to comment on his new contract at a recent press 
conference, Murphy broke down in tears and was a man of few words. 
"The contract is added security for me and my family. It puts food 
on the table and I now have the privilege to order a quart of  
beer instead of my usual regular bottle at Inverness Pub".
 
    The five other CASC owners are fuming at Cookie Nethersole for 
throwing insane amounts of money at Murphy. "The Murphy contract 
is an abberation. It's Bruce McNall style ownership at it's best. 
And look at him now; he's in the slammer" said Four Aces owner 
Bebeto Lotti. "Plus Murphy is the only guy in the league who's 
paid in US dollars. That's bad news for me. I'm used to paying 
my players in Brasilian chump change currency and now they'll all 
want to be paid in US. I think I'm gonna put my team up for sale".
 
    Renegades owner Zigfried Knapp is also livid. "I've built this 
team from scratch through the farm system, to the all-star squad it 
is today. Yes, I've rewarded my players with handsome contracts, 
but $15 000 000 a year for Murphy! Are you out of you're fu#%^*% 
mind! That's $5 000 000 more than Ian Foster, who already makes 
a mint" 
 
    According to sources close to the Blizzard, owner Sylvester 
Staric, nicknamed "deep pockets", is close to breaking his stand 
against Murphy's mega deal in order to sign some big name free 
agents of his own in the off-season.
 
    The Blizzard are a healthy franchise that have accumulated a 
huge budget surplus. Their payroll is second last in the league at 
$22 350 000. Their competitive play early on this season has won 
them over many new fans; their 2 home games this year in their state 
of the art $600 000 000 Ice Storm Palace have been complete sellouts.
The rest of their home games are all sold out. The Blizzard also 
lead the league in merchandise sales. The "I'm a Staric Fanatic" 
T-Shirt is the league's best selling item with gross monthly sales 
in excess of $100 000.
 
    Blizzard ownership is said to be looking for two big name veteran 
free agents to compliment their impressive lineup of young superstars.
Sylvester Staric is a ruthless owner who wants to bring a 
championship to his team by any means necessary. He's apparently
very interested in signing the "Sicilian Connection" of Joe Lazzara 
and Paul iacurto, who will both be Group A Unrestricted Free Agents 
at the end of the season. Accoding to recent reports, Staric is 
ready to dish out $25 000 000 a year for both players in order to 
secure their services. These contracts will make them the richest 
players in CASC history. Lazzara's agent Rocco Broccolini has already
begun preliminary talks with Staric. "If I make that kind of money, 
I think I'll be able to buy my own wine" said Lazzara. "I'll now be 
able to own that WWF greatest moments collection I always wanted" 
said Iacurto.
 
    Here'a a list of the 10 richest men in the CASC Ball Hockey League
for the 1998-99 season. Team salaries are also included.
 
 
 
                ************  NOTE   ****************
      These salaries do not represent real life earnings. Please
     do not be offended if you earn less money than someone else. 
     That doesn't mean that you're not as good a player than a 
     player who makes more money than you.
 
     
 
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PLAYER                TEAM         AGENT            ANNUAL SALARY
-------------------------------------------------------------------
 1. Mike Murphy       Bluedogs     David Falk        15 000 000 US
 2. Rejean Proulx     Bluedogs     Gilles Lupien     10 000 000 CDN
 2. Ian Foster        Renegades    Big Punisher      10 000 000 CDN
 4. Darryl Vineberg   Renegades    Carl Lindros       9 700 000 CDN
 5. John Wong         Four Aces    Tom Vu             9 500 000 BRS
 5. Kim Nethersole    Bluedogs     David Falk         9 500 000 CDN
 7. Peter Knapp       Renegades    Bob Sauvé          9 200 000 CDN
 7. Anthony Ferreira  Blizzard     Vincenzo Mafioso   9 200 000 CDN
 9. Joe Lazzra        Renegades    Rocco Broccolini   9 150 000 CDN
10. Paul Iacurto      Renegades    Pino Di Greedy     9 100 000 CDN
 
 
 
TEAM          TOTAL PAYROLL   AVERAGE SALARY   
-----------------------------------------------
1. Renegades   75 000 000      6 818 181       
2. Bluedogs    69 450 000      6 313 363       
3. Four Aces   43 375 000      4 819 444       
4. Dragons     26 400 000      2 640 000       
5. Blizzard    22 350 000      2 031 818       
6. Heat        16 800 000      1 454 545 
 
 
 
                    ** TEAMS **
 
BLUEDOGS         SEASONS     ANNUAL SALARY
-------------------------------------------------
Mike Murphy        2          15 000 000 
Rejean Proulx      3          10 000 000 
Kim Nethersole     3           9 500 000 
Lino Digenova      3           7 500 000 
Allen Ramdeen      3           6 000 000 
Greg Phendler      3           5 000 000 
Fraser Baird       3           4 500 000  
Mike Callaghan     2           4 000 000  
Billy Ponting      2           4 000 000
Tony Ricci         2           3 800 000 
Keith Myers        1             150 000 
 
TOTAL PAYROLL     27          69 450 000 - 6 313 363 avg. salary
 
 
BLIZZARD         SEASONS     ANNUAL SALARY
-------------------------------------------------
Anthony Ferreira    3         9 200 000
Leonard Luedu       2         3 800 000
Bob Staric          2         3 750 000
Peter Lorincz       2         2 500 000
Simon Kabenian      2         2 200 000
Chris Callihoo      1           150 000
Stephane Gobeil     1           150 000
Patrick Loutfi      1           150 000
Victor Pajor        1           150 000
Jocelyn Plouffe     1           150 000
Frank Wolfe         1           150 000
 
TOTAL PAYROLL      17        22 350 000 - 2 031 818 avg. salary
 
 
DRAGONS          SEASONS     ANNUAL SALARY
-------------------------------------------------
Kamlesh Patel       3        8 000 000
Ronan Nathan        3        7 500 000
Real Paquette       3        6 000 000
Yves-André L-Saul   2        4 000 000
Ho Huu              1          150 000
Salim Karmali       1          150 000
Nicholas Kohner     1          150 000
Rafik Patel         1          150 000
Rajesh Patel        1          150 000
Ralph Rieber        1          150 000
 
TOTAL PAYROLL      17       26 400 000 - 2 640 000 avg. salary
 
 
FOUR ACES       SEASONS     ANNUAL SALARY
-------------------------------------------------
John Wong          3          9 500 000
Jean-Pierre Donat  3          8 000 000
Jim Garoufalis     3          7 000 000
Theo Michael       3          7 000 000
Sean Marcellin     2          4 000 000
Jack Lotti         2          3 000 000
Yannick Medou      2          3 000 000
Vito Racanelli     2          2 100 000
Sean Ellis         1            150 000
 
TOTAL PAYROLL     21         43 375 000 - 4 819 444 avg. salary
 
 
HEAT             SEASONS     ANNUAL SALARY
-------------------------------------------------
Eric Savage          2       4 000 000
Chris Campbell       2       3 900 000
Eric Roy             2       3 500 000
Mario Lizotte        2       2 500 000
Martin Bouffard      2       2 000 000
Michel Godin         1         150 000
John Kefslas         1         150 000
Gus Man              1         150 000
Jean-François Marcil 1         150 000 
Todd Nelson          1         150 000
Antonio Roy          1         150 000
 
TOTAL PAYROLL       16      16 800 000 - 1 454 545 avg. salary
 
 
RENEGADES        SEASONS     ANNUAL SALARY
-------------------------------------------------
Ian Foster          3          10 000 000
Darryl Vineberg     3           9 700 000
Peter Knapp         3           9 200 000
Joe Lazzara         3           9 150 000
Paul Iacurto        3           9 100 000
Mark Beaudry        3           8 300 000
Angelo D'Agostino   3           8 300 000
Chris Nadeau        3           7 000 000
Gary Cohen          3           4 100 000
Billy Mark          2           3 000 000
Philippe Gauvreau   1             150 000
 
TOTAL PAYROLL      30          75 000 000 - 6 818 181 avg. salary