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10-28-2012, 05:12 PM
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A professional is a person who is paid to undertake a specialized set of tasks and to complete them for a fee. Would NHL hockey be better if the talent were all amateurs?

The owners of all sports are undertaking legal cases with armies of specialized lawyers and attempting to negotiate huge savings in salaries from what they would presumably otherwise be paying if left to their own devices in a standard marketplace economy. They are paying these lawyers millions of dollars to win these battles and then they lock players out and attempt to extort concessions from them.

In that environment, where the players are obligated, even forced, to act as businessmen, it seems rather brutal to attempt to hold the players to some fanciful standard of the good the game and not playing for money when what it really means is you want the players to surrender - not out of good business sense, not out of prinicple, but because you want your tv shows back.

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