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An NHL Executive Doesn’t Show His Face

from Travis Hughes of SB Nation,

An anonymous NHL executive took part in an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit Wednesday evening, answering direct questions about the ongoing NHL lockout and offering previously-unknown insight into the league's position.

Reddit moderators confirmed his identity as an "upper-level" team executive on the "business side" of his team's operation. Even noting that different teams certainly hold different opinions and stances in the lockout, the insight of this one team executive is enlightening, especially given the gag order the NHL has on all team and league employees. Hearing candid thoughts from somebody on the other side of the CBA battle provides a nice bit of perspective.

The anonymous executive said that the lockout hinges mostly on three points: "Contract fulfillment," the definition of revenue and what he called "intangibles" or "incidentals," things like hotel rooms and airfare for players on the road.


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Red Winger's avatar

things like hotel rooms and airfare for players on the road.

For crying out loud, is this a Mad Magazine article?

It gets more difficult by the day to argue with my co-workers that have always told me the NHL is a joke, second-tier league.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 10/25/12 at 05:12 PM ET


if an employee of a team went on reddit and talk about the lockout, that tells you their is a crack on the owners. Half of the the owners want to be playing.

Posted by FlyersFan on 10/25/12 at 09:15 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

well ,they did say if the season were to be lost they would lose 300+ million revenue. So my question “well, ummmm….........wtf are you guys doin then?” No hockey = no cashy. Duh.

End Of Line

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 10/26/12 at 05:24 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

No hockey, no expenses either. The NHL has been great at double talk. “Revenue is through the roof” coupled with “We’re poor!” only plays for so long.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/26/12 at 11:01 AM ET

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