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NHL Owners Better Not Use The Word Poor

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

With the left-wing parties in both the U.S. and Canada now pushing the politics of class warfare and division with some apparent success, it may be interesting to see if this has any impact, even though the salaries made by both parties in this struggle will exceed the average worker by a goodly margin.

To be sure the same lame duck U.S. franchises the last lockout was supposed to fix, the likes of Florida, Nashville, the Islanders and the others that are always on the receiving end of what little revenue sharing there is, are still the laggards. The league will somehow bring this up again but the main part of their argument is going to have to centre on how NHL players need to give them the same concessions the NBA and NFL players Associations did in their recent agreements. Not sure that’s going to resonate the same in this country as ‘let’s save the Flames, Oilers and Senators’ did last time but there will be some who will argue hockey players don’t deserve any more than the other two groups.

But with U.S. television ratings on the climb and revenues going up every year, to the point where the cap this year before the old CBA expires is going to be in the $70 million U.S. ballpark, it’s going to be pretty hard to cry poor and be believed.

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You would thinka hockey scribe would know that the Islanders are not entitled to revenue sharing. Miss a basic fact like that and no point reading any further.

Posted by Hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 05/29/12 at 11:52 PM ET

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That is exactly what I expect them to do—cry poor again, blame the players for an unsustainable business model again, and find some new excuse to insist that locking the doors and the players and fans out is somehow in the fans’ best interests. It’s worked twice before, so why not do it again?

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/30/12 at 01:17 AM ET

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That is exactly what I expect them to do—cry poor again, blame the players for an unsustainable business model again, and find some new excuse to insist that locking the doors and the players and fans out is somehow in the fans’ best interests. It’s worked twice before, so why not do it again?

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/29/12 at 11:17 PM ET

Banks can do it, why can’t NHL owners do it as well?

seriously, it’s time for the league to face the reality you can’t keep moving the goal post after a couple of owners continue to make the same mistakes.

Posted by FlyersFan on 05/30/12 at 01:48 AM ET

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It’s what the owners do. They assume that fans have enough resentment for the wages players earn that they’ll get behind rolling back those salary numbers to “slightly less insane” levels, even though those salaries have little to nothing to do with ticket prices. In 2004, people weren’t nearly as net-savvy as they are today, so we’ll see whether reality can out-pace the NHL if it employs a lie machine PR strategy again…

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/30/12 at 03:21 AM ET

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They assume that fans have enough resentment for the wages players earn that they’ll get behind rolling back those salary numbers to “slightly less insane” levels, even though those salaries have little to nothing to do with ticket prices.

That’s exactly what they think, but who the hell cares?  I have no problem with Sidney Crosby or Pavel Datsyuk or Martin Brodeur making millions of dollars a year because that’s what people are willing to pay to see them!  The people who do the work should get the money, and that is the players, not the owners.

With the left-wing parties in both the U.S. and Canada now pushing the politics of class warfare and division with some apparent success…

Does this guy think he’s Edward Murrow?  Seriously, if I wanted to read about politics I’d go to some other website.  Tony, dude, your analysis sucks.  Stick to hockey and don’t write about things for which you are clueless.

Posted by John from Pittsburgh, PA (Wings fan for life!) on 05/30/12 at 09:17 AM ET

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To be sure the same lame duck U.S. franchises the last lockout was supposed to fix, the likes of Florida, Nashville, the Islanders

He misspelled the Oilers, Flames, Jets, and Senators…

Posted by Primis on 05/30/12 at 11:38 AM ET

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The comments section could have veered off somewhere ugly, but KK readers are some of the best people on the internet.

John in Pittsburgh - you’re dead on with your comment. Kudos!

So much of the costs of running this league have been passed off to the host communities that it becomes difficult to believe the cries of poverty. I’ve got my torch and pitchfork by the door. ; )

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/30/12 at 01:59 PM ET

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In 2004, I said ticket prices are determined by the market and that has not changed since, but so many fans drank the Kool-Aid that lower salaries would mean lower ticket prices.  Seems like the senitment may be changing for the educated fan, but too few fans actually follow the lockout.

The next big issue will be the difference between the cap ceiling and floor. Toronto, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia and a few others were given a license to print money and have fixed costs while smaller market teams saw payrolls escalate beyond what revenue they could ever hope to generate. Once the NHL figures out the % of revenues the players get, the real fight will begin between the owners.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 05/30/12 at 03:45 PM ET

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