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10-31-2004, 09:30 AM
True Blue
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Originally Posted by pld459666
If a cap is so bad, why are both of those leagues succeeding?
Again, you are comparing apples and oranges. The NHL is NOT the NFL. It does not have the same central revenue source. That source pumps a ton of money into the coffers of each and every NFL team. That is why you can see so many different teams have a chance of succeeding in the NFL. Not so the NHL. No such source. In the NFL, the revenue source allows for EACH AND EVERY team to contribute to the leaguewide revenue sharing plan. What Bettman wants is to have the NFL hard cao, but instead of having a revenue sharing plan for an entire league, he wants only 10 teams to contribute money to a source that will distribute it to the rest of the league. Unless you enjoy the type of popularity and the type of exposure that the NFL does, one cannot compare the NHL to it.
As for the NBA, they do have a cap. But it is a soft cap and not a hard cap. Teams pay a luxury tax, not surrender draft picks. The NHLPA's 2 proposals were both centered around a luxury tax system. Those proposals at the very least should have been enough to start negotiations. But Bettman does not want a soft cap/luxury tax system. He only wants a hard, NFL-style, cap. The problem is he does not have the revenue source, nor the fandom that the NFL does.

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