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NHL Owners Playing Hardball

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun, 

 While nobody can really understand why guys making Brinks trucks full of money to play a game would dig their heels in on a few percentage points, people are starting to understand why the players have become so frustrated with their league.

“Definitely,” said Oilers winger Ryan Jones. “The majority of people are looking at this and saying one side is being a little more realistic than the other.”

The owners, after all, got everything they wanted in the last lockout — including a salary cap tied directly to league revenue, a massive 24% rollback on existing contracts and a cap on entry level deals.

And in the seven years since, NHL revenue has grown by 33%, from $2.2 billion to $3.3 billion.

And now they’re asking for another salary roll back?

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Dakkster's avatar

How about that? Someone can’t get high school math right.

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 09/13/12 at 10:51 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

UHH NO Ryan Jones most people don’t think The NHLPA is being “little more realistic”

Posted by Evilpens on 09/13/12 at 11:15 AM ET

Dakkster's avatar

Actually, I think they do. Most, not everyone. Yes, the players are pretty spoiled, but the owners’ demands are completely outlandish.

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 09/13/12 at 11:19 AM ET

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Actually, I think they do.

Absolutely.

Posted by Garth on 09/13/12 at 12:00 PM ET

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So, while league revenues grew 50% (article math notwithstanding) from $2.2 to $3.3B, the average NJHL salary grew 71%, from $1.4M to $2.4M.  The cap ceiling went from $39M to (what it would have been this year under existing rules) $70M—an almost 80% increase.

Can anyone explain how, under a “fixed cap” the salaries can outpace the league revenue growth by this much? 

The players’ proposal talks about increases of 2%, 4% and 6% in the first three years and they see that as a concession.  They don’t live in the real world where we have been going through a recession for most of the previous decade, and with the Euro crisis and fairly big economic issues in China it’s not going to get better for a while.

The players are expecting that league revenues will continue to grow by 7% annually.  Is there another NBC out there to give them $2B over 10 years?  Will people who have lost jobs and savings continue to buy a new batch of third jerseys?  Really, who is being “more realistic” here?

Posted by MrMontagoose on 09/13/12 at 12:37 PM ET

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