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12-18-2010, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris Shafer View Post

You missed something. A new, far more lucrative TV deal, whether it is with ESPN/ABC or Comcast/VS/NBC, is going to mean more money for ALL teams, not just rich teams.

Granted the parity in monies generated between the rich teams and the poor teams may get larger, but more MONEY is ALWAYS a GOOD thing for EVERYONE.

It shouldn't prevent the cap going up for the time being.
The problem is that the weak teams are already having trouble with the cap floor. The next CBA discussion could rest on a lot of discussion concerning either rethinking the cap formula, or expanding revenue sharing.

This would be mitigated if Bettman and co. would suck it up and allow some of these struggling franchises to be moved to markets that would present a more immediate economic boon to the league, but to this point they've been unwilling to really consider that option.

While the more lucrative TV deal is great for the league, the current economic climate is also largely created by the strength of the Canadian currency at the moment. As long as that remains the situation, everything is great for the league given the strength of the Canadian market for hockey... but if we slide back towards where we were 15 years ago, it will represent a significant drag on the salary cap in the years ahead.

Basically... the economic **** storm is helping to drive the salary cap up in the US, since the cap is pegged to the US dollar.

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