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The Owners Role In The Lockout

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light,

The point here is that the owner’s portrayal of the NHL’s economic landscape is more complicated than the picture some like to paint of it. They want the players to make sacrifices in the next CBA to correct flaws from the last one, but in a good number of instances, the fiscal problems some teams have experienced have little to do with the way the old CBA worked. In some very significant cases, it comes down to the owners hoping they can force someone else to repair their own train wrecks and they seem to be willing to sacrifice a season or more to accomplish that.

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Hockeytown Wax's avatar

Well, if that article isn’t the proverbial cold hard slap in the face of reality then I don’t know what else is.  Sure, owners need to be competitive and do what they can to put the best product they can on the ice, but when it puts them in financial jeopardy, and then point the finger of blame at the players and their salaries ... shame on them.

Also to blame is Gary Bettman and his incistance that the league can and will successfully support 30 teams.  For what ??  A TV contract with NBC ??

I remember how outraged I was when the first players was handed a contract worth over $1 mil. a season.  I couldn’t grasp the concept of any athlete being worth that much money, but as the years went by and the salaries went higher I realized it was the owners out-bidding each other that caused the inflation of salaries, not player greed.

Gone are the days where you have just the head coach standing behind the bench during games ... now he has 2 assistants as well.

Goalie coach, goalie consultant, scout in Sweden, scout in Finland, scout in Russia on top of the plethora of scouts here in North America.

Has the league limited the size & salaries of team staff ??  I don’t know, but every time there is the slightest sign of financial trouble the owners always point at player salaries, and that song is played out.

Time for the owners to change their tune and start looking at themselves as the source of their problem.

If Bettman had the balls, he’d tell the owners that this time its not the players fauly, but he’s gets paid 8 million reasons to never ever blame the owners.

No way hockey gets played this season until the owners take a big wiff of smelling salts and clear their heads and come back to reality.

This Stu Hackel article may be a good start to turn thinigs around.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 09/25/12 at 11:38 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

The Owners Role In The Lockout

The title of the article is self explanatory. They are the ONLY reason behind the lockout. Simply put, the owners locked the doors, and, suspended business operations.

Now, the real folks feeling the pinch start at the very bottom of the pay scale. Every person that works at an arena and surrounding businesses. These are everyday people that will not be coming to work.
Someone here at KK pointed out the fact that most of these clubs are nothing but hobbies, or, toys to the owners. The franchises themselves are not what sustains these greedy owners. These people are billionaires in their own right,and, the clubs are the rich man’s distraction, if you will. Just as we regular folks attend a sporting event to have a good time, these guys own the good time.  Little Caesar’s, along with every single person that worked for the pizza chain, or, bought a pizza from his store, made Mr.I.a wealthy man, and, good for him.

Ford Motor Company,  along with every single person that helped to produce a car, then the consumer that bought the product, made the Fords. Then, these guys purchased the sports teams, just like normal people purchase a video game, or back in my day ,an electric shaky football game, or, an old fashioned board hockey game with metal poles to move the players around.

The owners, do not for one minute, even think of the fans, or, the people that are now out of a job, or, anyone that is not in their league, so to speak, financially.

They are, simply put, out of touch, and, think of themselves as untouchable.

Let’s Go In Droves!!!!! In ‘13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 09/26/12 at 07:54 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Go figure we get locked out the same year the NFL refs do and after watching atrocious game after atrocious game, I’m giving up the NFL until they get REAL refs in there.  The Pats-Ravens game was horse shit calling and the GB-Seatle game was the final straw… Talk about owners not giving a shit about the product on the field.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 09/26/12 at 04:00 PM ET

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