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Too Few Hockey Notes On A Sunday In December

via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

All I want for Christmas (Hanukkah) is Gary Bettman's resignation ... If the Leafs are the only NHL franchise worth $1 billion -- and that tramples the majority of NHL teams -- why aren't the Leafs owners larger figures on the NHL stage?

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If the Leafs are the only NHL franchise worth $1 billion—and that tramples the majority of NHL teams—why aren’t the Leafs owners larger figures on the NHL stage?

Because they aren’t morons.  There is absolutely no benefit to them in putting themselves in the spotlight.  They are a successful financial franchise in part because they are a beloved franchise.  There’s no good reason to risk that by assuming a position in a poisonous labor dispute. 

First off, they’re going to make their money regardless of what happens.  Their viability as a team is not in any way at risk.

Secondly, it’s not like it’s a slam dunk if the Leafs waded into this they’d be a voice of reason.  They may be as jazzed up for the thought of increasing their profit margins by 12ish% as a lot of other clubs are at the thought of going from moderate loss to break-even or slight profit.

Thirdly, their ‘influence’ isn’t what Simmons thinks it is.  If there was a huge and robust profit sharing system in the NHL then sure, a big contributor to that would have a large voice.  As things are now, however, that’s not the case.  The leafs are a strictly Canadian heavyweight.  They aren’t much of a draw above average in the states.  Which is another reason why non-traditional markets are stupid.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/02/12 at 07:52 AM ET


HD I think he was making a point more to the fact that a small factions of owners got everyone into this mess,

The thing is, even if that’s the point he was making it’s still not true.  It really doesn’t matter who owns Florida, Tampa, Nashville, Columbus, Phoenix, Dallas, Anaheim, Carolina, etc.  I don’t blame the people who own that team for the existence of those teams in those places.

I blame the NHL for the existence of all of those teams in all of those places.

There are at least 3-4 and as many as 8 NHL teams who can pull a profit of some note out of hockey ops.  Everybody else is either breaking even or losing money.  In the face of 15ish teams that are handicapped financially by the simple reality of where they play, one successful team in a different country isn’t going to hold much sway.

Not unless they’re willing to float 50%+ of their hockey profits south of the border.  Do you think they are?  Me neither.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/02/12 at 04:24 PM ET


Who told you all those teams are losing money. Cause it’s simply not true.

Posted by Bushay on 12/03/12 at 04:16 AM ET

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