What Do You Think About Toews' Lockout Comments?
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11-02-2012, 02:58 PM
Join Date: May 2012
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I mean call the bluff in the sense that cutting a bit more off the players share to decrease payroll a bit isn't going to fix the huge gap in ticket sales/prices and popularity for the southern teams. Sure, out of 30 there will always be a few bad apples, but there is certainly a trend in the league's current problem. That's what's pathetic and it has nothing to do with the players.
I want to see the league actually make a serious effort in the south rather than just trying to cut payroll.
I think I see where you were taking it now, thanks for clearing it up. Now that Hicks, Atlanta Spirit, Palace S&E (and the clowns that bought from them), a chunk of Karmanos, Moyes, Checketts, etc. are out of the way, I think the league and individual franchises can focus on growth instead of just focusing on debt and overhead. If this agreement can somehow get the big boys to contribute more to revenue sharing, I think things in the smaller and southern markets will improve significantly.
I agree that it has nothing to do with the players and I agreed with their idea of greatly increasing the profit sharing with the smaller clubs. Unfortunately, players on the individual level or PA level do almost nothing to grow the sport in the states (compared to other big sports) so their input on the topic will fall on deaf ears. That will be the case even more so now that the players seem to be focusing primarily on keeping the existing contracts.
Anyway, to make a long post longer, I think most the new small market owners are better now than in 2004, and that may be because Gary promised all of them a very favorable CBA in order to secure the sales. If that is/was the case we probably never had a chance at close to a full season, but when hockey resumes, the chances of success with the smaller franchises/non-traditional hockey markets will be greatly improved down the road in my opinion.
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