Creative CBA solutions? Do you have one? Have you seen any?
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10-11-2012, 11:41 AM
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Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Surrey, BC
I think we're all missing the point that if a product cannot sell despite a much lower than market average pricing, it isn't going to work no matter what system you have.
Here are my creative suggestions:
1) 50/50 revenue split of
NHL related HRR
. This is about the standard for other leagues and it just makes sense. Both sides need each other for the league to work. Set it at 50/50, and never touch it again...ever.
2) UFA after 6 years. NHL wants 10, currently set at 7. Small concession to the players so that they accept...
3) RFA bridge contracts. Consider it a second ELC. In the 4th and 5th years, contract cap hits are capped at 7.5% of the salary cap upper limit. That allows this number to grow as revenues grow, while keeping post-ELC contracts manageable preventing inflation.
4) The top 5 revenue teams pay in 10% of their revenues into revenue sharing, to be distributed to the bottom 5 revenue teams should they qualify for revenue sharing. If the bottom 5 revenue teams do not qualify, then the remaining amount is distributed back to the teams that earned this revenue. In order to qualify for revenue sharing, bottom 5 teams MUST achieve a minimum of 90% of that teams arena capacity, with an average ticket price no less than 15% lower than the league average. Sorry, but if you can't sell your product like everyone else then why should everyone else have to support you?
5) CBA length: 10 years
6) Annual USA Winter Classic, Annual Canada Winter Classic. All-Star Game becomes a West vs. East matchup to determine home ice advantage in the SCF (as mentioned in another post above), and an NHL sponsored World Cup of Hockey every 4 years (mid-way between Olympics). Revenues from the WC of Hockey to be split between the IIHF and the NHL owners. Players are not compensated.
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