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10-03-2012, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by ottawah View Post
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.
The NFL TV deal is split 32 ways. We all know this. The NHL could do this as well, and contrary to popular belief, the total value of all TV deals (national + local) is actually quite significant. There's no rule saying you can only split national TV deals. Have the Leafs cough up 29/30 of their local TV deal (and have every other team do the same) and then they can keep every penny of their ticket sales for all I care.

The notion that the NHL "can't" do big time revenue sharing is a myth. You can't tell me TV rights to the Dallas Cowboys are worth the same as TV rights to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but both those teams get the exact same amount. Hockey could do that too, if they wanted to. If the Florida Panthers hauled in the same TV revenue that the Leafs did we wouldn't have to worry about dying southern US markets any more, would we?

Originally Posted by Mayor Bee View Post
In 1987, the NFL fielded teams of replacement players. Each week that went by, more and more players (prominent ones) crossed the picket lines to play.

And that was with a strike, when it's supposed to be all about solidarity.
In 1995 the MLB tried to bring in replacement players after the players strike cancelled the World Series in 1994. How did that work out for the owners? Here's a hint - the courts wouldn't allow it.

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