Don't expect hockey for at least a year
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09-27-2004, 07:23 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Chicago, IL
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Yeah, some owners will still charge ridiculous prices for tickets, food, etc. If that becomes the case, people will hit backlash on the owners big time. They've been whining about salaries driving up the prices for tickets and merchandise, etc. But in some cities, salary cap will make little difference in how the owner may/may not screw over his team and fans. Sorry Hawks fans, but Bill Wirtz won't be any more likeable or tolerable under a cap system. You've gotta see the big picture. Rather than demand for them to rush hockey back for the sake of having it, people need to think about what needs to be comprimised by both sides to make it a fair and equitable league for all.
On the Hawks front, agree with you 100% that it won't directly change the way Wirtz does business. One thing though - Hawks might retain more of their talent if other teams couldn't offer UFA $'s though (Roenick, Amonte, Chelios, Belfour).
I do think that if salaries came down enough, ticket prices would be reduced (not nearly the same rate) in some markets. That would not be the case in places like TOR or DET where every game is sold out. Some newer markets might be able to lower ticket prices to introduce a wider fan base to the game, and not have an impact on the bottom line.
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