Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/24/06 at 09:47 AM ET
Jamison, who would not specify how much the Sharks received in revenue sharing, said limited income from local TV and radio stations is one thing that keeps San Jose in the red. In broadcasting, how much revenue a team receives for broadcast rights depends heavily on ratings. "When you do a team comparison and analysis across the NHL, it's harder in this market to do well in television than it is in some other markets," he said. Neither the NHL nor the players' association will disclose which teams donate to the revenue sharing pool and which teams draw from it. An NHL spokesman did say about $90 million helped 11 teams. Sometimes the line that separates profitable teams from the others can get fuzzy, especially when franchise owners have tangential business interests. SVSE, for example, also manages the arena for non-hockey events and has set up publishing and merchandise operations. "Teams may have a fair amount of discretion as to what costs they assign to the team and what costs they assign to the arena," said economist Sanderson, citing one of the flash points in the labor impasse that shut down the NHL for the 2004-05 season.more
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