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07-23-2010, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by 29dryden29 View Post
They have a decent fan base but more does need to be done. Bettman is a tool that allowed teams to pop up in areas that they shouldn't be I don't begrudge those locations their teams but seriously when teams rely on Rev sharing to turn even a small profit in a season something is wrong. Teams spend below the halfway point of the cap and do so for the sole reason of getting full rev sharing and that is something that the tool Bettman brought in.
Revenue sharing is a way for teams to afford competitive payrolls, not to make profits (not all Bettman's fault here). The NHL revenue-sharing system is complicated and contingent on maximizing local revenues and getting better at generating revenues each year. Teams that coast on these responsibilities do not get any revenue sharing benefits.

The team payroll floor is also a lot higher than one-half of the cap.

Bettman is hired to protect and promote the financial interests of the owners. It is easy to argue that he has done that. He's not necessarily the brightest hockey mind, but he is hardly a "tool".

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