The Lockout Thread: Good Things Come To Those Who Wait
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08-17-2012, 05:10 PM
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If you suffer physically from a "game" that millionaires make more millions, does that change things? What if you suffer to the extent that it causes you to commit suicide? I'm just not so sure about this simplified characterization of their involvement in professional hockey.
If the Carolina Hurricanes ice a team full of Patrick Dwyers, how many will pay to see that? How much more excited does the fanbase become about buying tickets to see Jordan Staal and Alex Semin join the team? That directly translates into the team getting more revenue. Those top-end players don't deserve a piece of that? "If you build it, they will come" only gets you so far...they can always find another place to play, and that's where the fans will go.
There's no right answer...you simply make adjustments to get it to the point where it works for everyone. However, seems like NHL owners never want to make "adjustments"...they always want to set fire to the current CBA, even one that they themselves were successful in getting put into place.
I'm a city paramedic. We run approx 100k calls a year with 150 medics. The whole what if your job makes you suffer so much you commit suicide rings hollow to me. This IS a game. A lucky and hard working few can make a living off it, and I don't begrudge them for it at all. Look at the contracts ruutu and Gleason got for not particularly spectacular play. What can the players say that makes you feel something is being "taken" away from them? Things are amazing for the players, and every one of them is well paid. If they compromised with the owners offer this would over and it would be a fair market still. You aren't gonna get the owners to change how they think the way fehr is posturing they should. He knows that too.
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