Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/23/10 at 09:01 AM ET
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
In choosing to re main for the time being in Glendale, Ariz.—the time being defined by the city’s politicians’ willingness to inflict the cost of business on its citizens—rather than relocate immediately to Winnipeg, the NHL is going for at least one more year in a market that never has demonstrated the ability to generate the revenue necessary to turn the team into a profitable enterprise.
This is not a felony, but in sacrificing immediate additional guaranteed revenue north of the border—and for the second time in a year now, following the Jim Balsillie debacle—Gary Bettman and the power brokers on Sixth Avenue are taking money out of the pockets of every player in the league without giving them, or their representatives in the NHLPA, a seat at the table or a voice in the process.
You don’t hear much these days about the partnership between the league and the players, and this is why. It’s not a partnership when one side dictates terms to the other.
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