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Owners Need To Settle Revenue Sharing

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The current agreement succeeded in levelling the playing field and brought some semblance of parity. But the financial gulf between the big-market and small-market teams widened. This was mainly because NHL teams shared less than 6% of revenue. By contrast, NFL clubs share more than 60%.

In the last seven years, the NHL has increased its revenues by more than $3.2 billion.

“We know what they didn’t do, they didn’t share it between the big- and small-market teams,” said a league insider Saturday. “A big percentage went into the pockets of the big-market teams who are now refusing increased revenue sharing as a means to address the disparity.

“This is not a players’ issue anymore. This is a battle between the owners and it’s time for them to settle it once and for all between themselves.”

Well, what’s next?

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There must be revenue sharing.  The league has to realize that it’s in the entertainment business.  They sell competition.  Fans don’t want to pay to see the Washington Generals. 

They want the chance to be the Harlem Globe Trotters.  Each team in the NHL is part of the whole.  Sharing revenue makes the whole of the NHL stronger.  The NFL has no real small market problem because the TV revenue is spread around.  Green Bay can compete with New York.  It makes for more interest.

So the Owners have a problem, they must share revenue or see the league shrink eventually.  Baseball is seeing a small market resurgence because of revenue sharing.  If fans have no hope they will not come.

Posted by 13 user names on 08/12/12 at 12:33 PM ET

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