Who's side are you on if you were forced to pick sides? The owners? ... or the NHLPA?
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10-20-2012, 10:41 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
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Because it is the market. I pay 1.40 or wtv per liter of gas because I have no choice not because I want to.
You stepped into this one: I have supported the players using socialist arguments, and my argument stating that the players are Talent, not Labour, and thus are not replaceable. Now I will support them using the current language of Capital, and Republicans everywhere:
There is a free market price for the very best pro hockey players, in other words, those who play in the NHL. This price has risen, and has hurt teams who cannot afford the price. For evidence, look at how owners of rich teams have been more than willing to pay these rising prices. I need not give examples.
The NHL is trying to reduce the fair and natural free market price for players. I disagree with this, especially as owners of all businesses these days, globally, cite the free market when moving their businesses, and laying off staff. If they used these principles to make their money, they should live by them when buying and operating NHL teams. No?
If we agree on this, there are then 2 options, neither of which artificially or by collusion reduces the free market prices players command:
1. Owners who can afford to pay the free market price for NHL players should help owners who cannot.
2. Teams that cannot afford to pay the free market price for NHL players should fail, as businesses fail in almost all other free markets, every minute, every day, everywhere.
The owner's supporters are in fact being anti free market by suggesting that player's value should be artificially lowered by an oligarchic and colluded agreement, that would be illegal in almost all other areas of our economic system. Ironic, is it not?
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