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by Paul on 07/30/05 at 10:25 AM ET
"I like the cap,'' Leipold said. "That was very important. Last year, there were five teams that had payrolls of $50 million more than the Nashville Predators. Fifty million dollars. "Next year, it's our goal to be at the midpoint. That means next year those (high-end) teams will be only $8 million more than us. I love that. Now we can compete with every market.'' Another key aspect to the new collective bargaining agreement is revenue sharing. And that, again, will benefit small-market teams like Leipold's Predators. Leipold said probably 10 NHL small-market teams will receive about $8 million from the big-market teams. "That's money we didn't have access to previously,'' Leipold said. "That gives us the ability to get to the midpoint and compete against big-market teams.'' Leipold contends the NHL's collective bargaining agreement will serve as a model for some other pro sports leagues. "I honestly believe we just did every major sport a gigantic favor,'' Leipold said. "Football is fine; they're making money. They have a huge TV contract. "But I think the NBA, and certainly Major League Baseball, will look at the system that we have just put into place and I would think they would like to use it when they negotiate their next CBA.''
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