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05-22-2008, 11:53 AM
Chris Nilan
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Originally Posted by LesCanadiens View Post
You'd be amazed how more skilled our players would be with a little sprinkling of balls-to-the-wall, size, grit and skill on the ice alongside them.

I still believe Lats will develop into one of those types....he's still very young, but we need some of that now.

We have lots of skilled players that are relatively young. Of course, if we can improve our present skill level with a deal that makes sense...we do it. Problem is, we deal from a position of weakness due to the idiotic tax laws in Quebec. You want the Habs to improve at a faster clip? Fight that tax every chance you get. The Habs should be insulated from that like a heritage or cultural entity which is a part of the fabric of the province as a whole. I don't know why the moronic politicians don't understand the impact (positively) on the entire province that a championship team makes.
Um, this is a myth, too.

Check out the research done in Economics and in Sport Sociology. Professional sports franchises are actually a drain on local economies.

They do create jobs, but the majority are low-paying and seasonal, which creates a drain on social services and there is little actual "cash infusion" to the local economy. The big money goes to a very small proportion of people who typically live elsewhere. The Quebec thing is largely a myth, too. The size of the income tax might be higher in one shot, but the associated costs of living and the incremental taxation are lower. Several US states have instituted taxation on visiting athletes and performers and also have very high entertainment, airport, taxi and hotel taxes to attack visiting athletes, performers and fans. Sports franchises almost never pay for their own stadiums and very few pay taxes on their buildings. Residents pay for this through provincial/state and municipal taxes or other levies. This does not benefit the province. For example, Ontario took a massive hit on Skydome/Rogers Centre and they had two championship teams, consecutively, and set MLB attendance records, while doing it. If anything, a high Cdn dollar makes any Cdn team more attractive. The cost of living in Canada is still substantially lower and believe it or not, taxation actually contributes to a lower cost of living. Taxation purchases services in bulk rather than incrementally and serves as a hedge against corporate gouging for inelastic commodities.

Finally, I wish people would also stop talking about NHL teams and market size. MYTH. In a cap league, with minimum and maximum spending amounts, there are no market sizes when it comes to signing players. Look at Green Bay. How did they get Reggie White and others to go there? Green Bay is smaller than Hamilton. It's a cap league. Put a winning team out there and people will want to play.

Maybe if people read more and listened to Don Cherry and the Tim Hortons gang less . . .

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