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by Paul on 03/06/11 at 10:49 AM ET
from Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune,
“Why should we begrudge these owners, who pay exorbitant amounts for their franchise and pay out salaries and debt on their stadiums, a decent return on their investment?’’ said Esposito, who served as president of the NHL Players Association during his final two seasons as a player, more than 30 years ago.
In 2004, shortly after the Lightning paraded the Stanley Cup through the streets of downtown Tampa, the NHL turned to an outside counsel by the name of Bob Batterman to assist in talks with the NHLPA.
If you’ve been watching TV updates on pro football’s ongoing labor dispute, you saw NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell walking into a Washington office building last week accompanied by his league’s outside counsel.
Yes, that Bob Batterman.
“If you really want to bring about a major change in the way you do business, shut it down,’’ a longtime NHL executive told me, referring to the NFL’s labor strife. “Shut the game down for a year and NFL owners will get what they want — on their terms.’‘
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