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10-03-2012, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by optimus2861 View Post
It's been posted elsewhere but I believe both MLB & NFL also share portions of gate receipts. If there were the will at NHL HQ to share more revenue, more revenue would be shared. There simply isn't, and the PA is right to call the owners out on it. Sadly I believe the NHL is just not going to budge on this point - they are out for their pound of flesh from the PA and won't settle for anything less. Any cries the league makes about the plight of the smaller teams is a smokescreen; the hardliners are driving this thing IMO.
The problem is there is only so much money to share. It works in MLB and the NFL due to the huge TV deals. To solve the problem in the NHL would require revenue sharing that would be in the range of an 80% tax on profits from the large teams. At that point they would quite likely just lower ticket prices until they paid little tax.

If the NHL did the NBA revenue sharing plan to the letter it would add only 4M to the lowest revenue teams bottom line. 4M is quite simply not close to enough to solve this issue.

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