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09-10-2004, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Jets4Life
The NHL could take drastic measures if the lockoout is not resolved by next summer. Shutting down the league, and opening say...the NHA (National Hockey Association) is looking like a much better idea as time passes. This has happened before.

In my city, one of the leading trucking companies had their workers go on strike. For days, workers picketed. Then one fateful day when the workers showed up to picket, the place was closed down. the next day, the trucks were repainted to read the new name of the company. The company had ceased operations for a day, then reopened as a entirely new company.

The employees lost their jobs for good, since the company they worked for no longer existed. If a business is losing tons of money, and the workers are not willing to agree to paycuts, or layoffs, why not take drastic measures? it may be the only way pro hockey will resume!

The main problem with this idea is that the NHL is not a trucking company. It is a professional sports league and thus they have to operate like one. Doing something like that would kill any credibility that the league has left and would spell the end of any major sponsorship deals or even a potential deal with a major TV network. I know it seems cut and dry, but they have to work out this mess in the boardrooms. The owners are the ones who are taking all the risks, and yet the players are the game itself. A league simply cannot exist without both these two on the same side.

You don't have to look back that far, to see that the players were getting screwed with their contracts even up to the mid 80's. Now it has completely reversed itself. Early 80's a top goalie could expect $150,000 - $200,000 a year. Now they can expect $6-$9 million per year. Don't bother with the " yeah but it was all relative the cost of living in those days " post, because it simply is not true. Today the greedy owners are Dr. Fankenstein and the players are the monster he created. Any way you choose to look at it the monster is out of control and even the Dr. can't stop it. Now they are headed in opposite directions from one another and yet they say that the game cannot afford a work stoppage and that concessions have to be made for the good of the game. That is true, as long as neither side has to make those concessions. It's unfortunate that the game we all love, is ruled by lawyers and businessmen who see only the bottom line, but not where that money comes from...Us the FANS!

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