Davidson: lockout is a hard hit to fans
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11-04-2004, 11:09 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Providence, RI
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I don't feel sorry for teams like Los Angeles and Boston who have low balled their own players in negotiations and then have watched them walk in free agency.
You don't? At least Sinden and Jacobs have tried to straddle the line of financial responsibility and competitiveness. Unlike most NHL teams, these guys are aware of the the balance sheets for their business and operate within those constraints. If everyone did that, this league wouldn't be in the situation it's in.
Your comment about "excessive revenue streams" for owners is something that I don't think a lot of Canadian fans take into account. As the people that generate the money for the NHL, the players are entitled to a proportional share of those revenues. If non-salary money is pissed away on unfavorable building leases, the insane Canadian tax burden, travel expenses, fax paper, whatever, why should it be the responsibility of the players to recoup those losses for the owners? How do you tell a New York Ranger that he's going to have to take a pay cut because Cablevision lost $40 Mil this year and that loss is being applied to the NYR business entity?
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