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09-12-2008, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Fugu View Post
Hopefully the posters here can discuss some of the business points raised by Daly:

*European taxation on salaries/teams
*Effect of distance on travel and TV coverage
*Gate revenues expected to be less than NA teams
*Sponsorships in Europe may be a higher value, or able to potentially mitigate shortfall in gate revenues
*Competition from other European leagues
*Transfer agreements-- any EU laws in play??
The other BIG BoH question is - how in the hell do you negotiate a CBA that complies with anti trust and labor laws in the US, Canada, EU, and Russia? Can restrictions like an Entry Draft and Restricted Free Agency be reconciled with EU law in light of the Bosman ruling (and the underlying law it was based on) in football/soccer? Does European anti trust law recognize anything similar to the Non Statutory Exemption granted to the products of collective bargaining under US court precedent (the draft, restrictions on player eligibility, and any form of RFA status would be illegal in the US without it)?

Other issues:

In order to seed success in Europe (at least initially) would the league have to implement some form of draft/signing preferences - similar to what Montreal once had over players coming out of Quebec?

How do you sell to the NHLPA rank-and-file (the majority of which are still NA) on the possibility of being traded overseas? I think MANY players would have serious issues w.r.t. family life in being traded to Helsinki or Moscow or ..., not no mention tax implications. I think the NHLPA would require major concessions to get approval from the majority of it's current members - significant concessions in other areas or perhaps a standardized NTC for all players for trades in/out of the European division.

And from the players POV - what really are the benefits of a European expansion for the NHLPA and it's current membership? More jobs - yes, but that won't necessarily help the bulk of current borderline players (who are the ones most concerened with jobs) since I would expect the bulk of the new roster spots to be filled by Euros. Higher salaries - not unless the new teams can generate at least NHL median revenues - competition from the KHL is probably a better mechanism for the players to drive up salaries.

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