Forbes slams Levitt report
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11-12-2004, 10:10 AM
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Levitt got his money up front and could say whatever he wanted to.
This is a point that often gets overlooked. Levitt had stated on numerous occasions that he insisted that the NHL pay his fee in full, and up front regardless of his findings.
The guy's retired, what the hell does he care whether he paints a rosy picture for the NHL or not? He had his money from them either way.
While I agree that perhaps the NHL could've handled this better and an auditor that both the NHL and NHLPA agreed upon would've been a better solution, the truth of the matter is that the NHLPA has shown zero interest in being part of any process that involves sitting down and hashing out what should define hockey revenue, so that this stupid argument can be put to rest once and for all. If they don't want to get their nose dirty, where the bloody heck do they get off beaking off that "they don't trust the numbers"? IMO this is an indefensible stance by them.
If they've got it in their heads that they're not going to trust the owners no matter what's said and done, than they may as well fold the NHL now because it'll be on a one way ticket to oblivion anyway...may as well put a bullet in its head and lessen its suffering.
That being said, the owners also collectively need to to realize that for them to be anything more than a regional sport, they've got to get their accounting practices out of the 60's and 70's, and into the 21st century. Bending the players over a log is only going to accomplish a nasty strike in the not too distant future, the NHL HAS to get into a partnership with the NHLPA and stop looking at them as a slave revolt.
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