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Should We Start To Panic?

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Don Fehr has spent much of the past year delivering his warning to the NHL’s 700 players: Prepare yourselves, a storm is brewing….

Fehr says bargaining with the NHL should begin over the next few weeks and while he is cryptic about what he is telling players about the coming labour battle — “I’m acquainting the players with what I think the issues are likely to be,” is how he puts it — others are more plain-spoken about what’s being said.

“His message to players is that NHL owners are going to come at us with Ginsu knives on the end of samurai swords,” says Mike Liut, the former NHL goalie who is now a player agent. “The owners are going to come hard and if the players don’t put their hands up, they will end up decapitated.”...

Fehr says Bettman enters negotiations on a confident footing. In most labour impasses, workers risk wages and job security, while management risks revenue and market share, Fehr says.

“If (General Motors) shuts down, people buy Fords,” he says. “They don’t all come back.”

But Fehr says Bettman was quoted at a recent sports business conference saying that the NHL’s revenue was the same the season after the 2004-05 lockout as it was the season before.

“The problem is the (NHL) owners believe they have a complete monopoly, so they don’t believe they lose market share at all (and) it doesn’t matter how long they shut down the business,” Fehr says.

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The union will still have leverage during negotiations. The NHLPA could file to decertify as a union, says Jeffrey Kessler, a New York lawyer who has represented several sports player unions. If the union’s request for decertification was approved, it would make the NHL’s lockout illegal.

I can guarantee you this is going to happen.

“Revenue sharing right now doesn’t work,” says former Sabres part-owner Larry Quinn.

The NHL has a series of requirements that teams must meet to qualify for revenue sharing: They must play in a market with fewer than 2.5 million television households, sell at least 14,500 tickets per game, and the team’s revenue must appreciate at the same level as the NHL average.

“You can do that for a few years, but it just becomes impossible for a team like Tampa to keep up those increases,” Quinn says.

Quinn should talk, he’s the guy who OVERPAID for Leino. you can’t fix the system so it can correct your mistake.

Posted by FlyersFan on 05/26/12 at 04:15 PM ET

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