Shocking! NHL formally rejects NHLPA offer
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09-10-2004, 07:19 AM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Tonawanda, NY
Originally Posted by
go kim johnsson
The players shouldn't have to bail the owners out of their own mistakes...
If the CBA does not change and 1 team goes out of business, 23+ players pay for the owners mistakes. If 10 teams go out of business, 230+ players pay for the owners mistakes.
If the owners miraclously decide to be financially responsible and control their spending, salaries come down ==> players pay for the owners mistakes
If a luxury tax system is put in place, salaries come down ==> players pay for the owners mistakes
If a hard cap is put in place, salaries come down ==> players pay for the owners mistakes.
It doesn't really matter whether the CBA changes or not, the players are going to lose jobs or salary, So this argument doesn't really hold up.
The players don't want a cap system of any kind because they know that the teams need to be competetive to keep their fans, so they can play owners against each other to drive up salaries. And that is more important to them than if fans can afford tickets, or if hockey survives in all the current NHL cities.
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