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10-07-2004, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by True Blue
Now I could be wrong, however, there is another aspect of Bettman's proposals that is not getting much publicity. In addition to a cap, he also wants revenue sharing. Fine. Bettman wants an NFL type of hard cap. Wonderfull. However, his ideas of revenue sharing is for ONLY the top 10 teams to contribute. So, unlike the NFL, in which ALL teams contribute to the revenue sharing program, Bettman wants the top 10 teams to fund the rest of the league.
Is it me or is that ridiculous (a word I admit I have been throwing around a lot when it comes to the league's proposals)? How can you want an NFL type of cap, WITHOUT an NFL type of revenue sharing? Why should 10 teams basically fund the league? And what would determine who gets money? Does Anaheim? They are in one of the biggest markets in America and are owned by one of the biggest corporations in the world. Yet, becuase their ownership CHOOSES not to spend money, they are looked upon as a small-market team (an utter crock, if you ask me).
How can anyone consider the NHL a "healthy" league if it is funder solely on the money made by 10 teams?
I agree on all points.

I have seen how they would determine who receives money ... it was determined by TV market size.

This was done becuase the original premise was the 10 lowest revenue teams get the money, but Bettman saw that the Chicago Blackhawks were in the bottom 10 in revenue. Bettman realized the some of the other big market owners would revolt at the thought of giving Wirtz any money.

Due to going by TV Market Size the following teams are excluded even though they are among the lowest revenue generatnig teams (Chicago, NY Isles, NJ Devils, and Anaheim).

All the above info was from a larry brooks article from about 2 weeks ago. I know it was discussed somewhere on "The Business of Hockey" board. I justs did a quick look and couldn't find the link.

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