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Financials

The Financials screen is accessed from the Create New Game screen during game creation. It can also be accessed later by navigating to Game Menu >> Advanced section >> Setup and Options >> League Setup tab >> Financials tab.

This screen is used to define the financial model for the selected league. See the Financial Model section of the manual for more information on finances in OOTP. This screen is divided into the following sections:


Attendance Settings

Attendance Settings define how attendance at games works in the selected league.

OptionDescription
Average Attendance per Game The average attendance per game in the league. This figure is used as a baseline to determine attendance figures for each team.
Average Ticket Price The average ticket price in the league. Some team owners might set prices higher or lower. GMs can also change ticket prices from the Finance page.
Visiting Team's Gate Share Percentage of ticket sales revenue at the home team's ballpark that is paid to the visiting team.

Financial and Free Agency Settings

Financial and Free Agency Settings are used to enable or disable the financial model and establish the guidelines for free agency in the selected league.

OptionDescription
Enable Financial System If enabled, the league will use OOTP's complete financial system, including team revenue, player salaries, etc. If disabled, all monetary aspects of the game are removed.
Enable Reserve-Clause Era Rules In the real world, prior to the introduction of free agency in 1975, the "Reserve Clause" kept players perpetually bound to their teams. It enabled clubs to renew a player's contract annually at whatever price they saw fit. OOTP simulates this by assigning one-year contracts every year to players based on AI-determined values. If this is enabled, three more options are opened up to define how the Reserve-Clause Era rules will work.
Remaining Salary owed if Player is cut This value specifies the % of salary a team must pay if a player is released. You can choose from None, 10, 15, 20, or 50%.
Multi-year Contracts given This value determines to which players the AI gives multi-year contracts: star players, random, or none.
Guaranteed Contracts given This value determines to which players the AI gives guaranteed contracts: star players, random, or none.
Minimum Service Years for Free Agency The number of service years a player must accumulate before becoming eligible for free agency. Can be between 1 and 12, or free agency can be disabled.
Generate International Free Agents This option determines whether OOTP will generate proven international players who will appear in the free agent pool. You can choose from none, few (1 per year), default (3 per year), more (6 per year), or a lot (15 per year).
Allow Free Agents from Other Leagues If this box is checked, free agents from other leagues can be signed to play in the selected league. If unchecked, players from other leagues cannot be signed.
Allow Free Agents to Leave League If this box is checked, free agents from this league can sign with teams in other leagues. If unchecked, free agents cannot sign with teams from other leagues.
Draft Pick Compensation for Lost Free Agents If this box is checked, teams get draft picks as compensation for players lost during free agency.
Service Years Required for Salary Arbitration The number of service years a player must accumulate before becoming eligible for salary arbitration. Can be between 1 and 5, or salary arbitration can be disabled.
Minimum Service Years for Minor League FA The number of service years a player must accumulate before becoming eligible for minor league free agency. Can be between 1 and 12, or minor league free agency can be disabled. (This option only available if the selected league has an affiliated minor league.)

Team Revenue Settings

Team Revenue Settings are used to determine how team revenue is handled in the selected league.

OptionDescription
Average National Media Contract The average national media contract in the league, in dollars. Media contracts affect team income.
National Media Contract Fixed? This option determines whether national media contracts in the league are fixed, or can change. Contracts can either be equal for each team, or they can vary based on team market size.
Average Local Media Contract The average local media contract in the league, in dollars. Media contracts affect team income.
Average Merchandising Revenue The average merchandising revenue in the league, in dollars. Merchandising revenue affect team income.
Team Owner Controls Budget? Determines whether or not the team owner controls the budget. Either the team owner controls the budget, and the general manager has limited use of money, or the team's entire revenue is available to the general manager.
Revenue Sharing Determines whether or not the league uses revenue sharing. There are three options:
  • No revenue sharing - The league does not have revenue sharing
  • Luxury Tax - The league sets a "Soft Cap" as a % of the league average payroll, and a "Tax above Soft Cap" as a %. On the first day of the offseason, OOTP totals the payroll expenses of all teams in the league and averages them. It multiplies this number by the Soft Cap % to determine a cap figure. Any team that spent over this cap pays the "Tax above Soft Cap" into a revenue sharing pool. This pool is split equally between the bottom spending teams.
  • Set Percentage of Income - On the first day of the offseason, all teams pay a set % of their income into a pool of money. That pool of money is then divided equally between all teams in the league. (When this is selected, an additional field will become available to allow you to set the desired percentage.)

Soft Cap (% of average payroll) Only used with Revenue Sharing (Luxury Tax), see explanation above.
Tax above Soft Cap (%) Only used with Revenue Sharing (Luxury Tax), see explanation above.
Shared % of Income Only used with Revenue Sharing (Set Percentage of Income), see explanation above.
Cash Maximum The maximum amount of cash a team is allowed to have at the end of the season. Cash Maximum is calculated on the day the offseason starts.

Team Expenses and Salary Settings

Team Expenses and Salary Settings are used to determine salary caps and salaries in the selected league.

OptionDescription
Average Player Dev. Budget The average player development budget for teams in this league. See Player Development for more information. If set to 0, player development budgets are disabled.
Average Scouting Budget The average scouting budget for teams in this league.
Average Coach Salary The salary of an average coach or staff member in the league. (This is not the average salary of all coaches; it is the salary for a coach who has average ratings.)
Player Salary Cap Sets a cap on team salaries. If set to 0, there is no salary cap. Total team salaries must be below this figure. The computer will disallow any contract offer or trade if it would put a team over the salary cap during the current year or the following year. An entry of $0 means there is no salary cap. Note: If you create a game with a salary cap already turned on, be aware that the initial salaries generated by the game will not necessarily fall under the cap. Since player salaries are generated based on the player salary averages in the league setup, it might be best to play with the player salary averages a bit before assigning a specific salary cap.
Minimum Player Salary Minimum player salary in the league. All players who have a major league contract receive at least this amount.
Player Typical Salary (multiple) These settings establish the typical salary figure for players of differing caliber. These values are used by the computer in a number of areas of the game, such as computer GMs determining contract offers and players assessing the value of an offer. The eight categories of players are superstar, star, good, above average, average, below average, fair, and poor.

Financial Setup Summary and Projections

Financial Setup Summary and Projections are used to summarize the likely outcomes of the financial settings you have selected. This is intended to help ensure the settings you have selected will have the desired effect. These numbers are estimated based on the currently selected settings and teams of average market size. They do not update automatically. Click the Refresh button after changing any financial settings to see the change in the projections.

OptionDescription
Average Team Revenue The projected average team revenue under the selected financial settings.
Average Team Expenses (excluding players) The projected average team expenses under the selected financial settings. This does not include player salaries.
Average Player Payroll The projected average player payroll per team under the selected financial settings.
Average Profit The projected average team annual profit under the selected financial settings.
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