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@FlyByKnite @AnthonyIrwinLA Sure thing. I appreciate your curiosity. It's an important aspect of this to understand. I wish I'd have figured out a better way to get it all across, but it's just hard for the average reader. Already a challenging story for him/her anyway.
@FlyByKnite @AnthonyIrwinLA I did mention it. I cut a large portion of it because of fear it would bog the story down. I promise you, though, the amateur penalties simply are not large enough at this point to warrant by themselves staying under. From my leftover notes, this more or less covers all of it.
I encourage everyone to read the story, if only for the deconstruction of the idea that the luxury tax is some kind of a salary cap. It isn't. All of the rationales teams give for not spending are simply excuses that logic easily dismantles: 
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