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Be Wary Of Fehr

from John Steigerwald of the Observer-Reporter,

If you’re a hockey fan, you should fear Donald Fehr.

He’s the guy who gave you what is now Major League Baseball. Of course, he couldn’t have done it without the full cooperation of the Idiots Who Run Baseball. Now, he is the head of the NHL Players Association.

The NHL’s collective bargaining agreement runs out in September of 2012. Here’s what Fehr said about the salary cap a few weeks ago, “In my judgment, the lynchpin of the labor peace you’ve had in baseball for a very long time is in fact the revenue sharing agreement. There is no cap in baseball, but it’s the revenue sharing agreement that made it work.”...

The NHL has several low revenue teams which are struggling to maintain the salary floor while still making a profit. They are vulnerable to be bought off by the NHL large market/high revenue teams the way baseball’s little guys were bought off.

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So the best baseball teams cost the most. Why does that make sense to me? Conversely, why did the most expensive teams in hockey never win? With all of those resources why did they perpetually suck?

To have a cap without REAL revenue sharing is far worse than a cap less league. It is killing teams unable to make the floor and providing a licence to print money in large hockey markets. So I fear the owners more than anything. Baseball has revenue sharing that allows the low end payrolls to make a profit without investing in the team. Again, this is an owner issue, not a player issue.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 07/11/11 at 02:17 PM ET

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