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by Paul on 01/01/14 at 11:30 AM ET
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
If you ask anyone from the National Hockey League how business is, they will smile widely, almost blushing, and say, “Business is gooooood.”
Which begs to repeat a question that was brought up a few years ago in Philadelphia: Why aren’t the alumni compensated for generating the interest, excitement and money they did on Tuesday?
They had their hotels paid for. Many were bussed in for the game.
But compensation? No, there wasn’t any of that.
It is really just part of the great paradox of professional sports, and an uncomfortable dilemma for the ever-growing hockey business. The more money made, the more bothersome it seems to hear of former NHL players in financial difficulty, unable to pay medical bills, in some cases penniless, and depending on the age of the player, a pension that is somewhat laughable.
The league has never been richer.
And, probably, it has never had more former players in need.
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