CBA Negotiations III: Why Can't We All Just...Get Along?
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11-23-2012, 06:01 PM
Join Date: Oct 2007
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Something to consider: at least since the NHL/WHA merger, the NHL seems like it can be split roughly in half; there's the teams that make money, and the teams that don't. On both sides of that division you have the big cash cows that pull in tons of money, and the pits that are losing it rapidly. Going back through the 80s there are always teams that are perpetually threatened by relocation or folding. That problem predates Bettman, but under his watch it certainly hasn't been fixed.
50ish years ago the NFL wasn't terribly different. From what I can find in my 15 minutes of searching, it was actually remarkably similar. The difference? Their owners bit the bullet and set up unprecedented revenue sharing that propped up the struggling teams and stabilized the league. The NHL has been unstable for years, and nothing is changing, so it will remain unstable. This league needs stability to grow and prosper. The owners need to look into NFL style revenue sharing to try and bring that stability...on top of that, they probably wouldn't need to wring money out of the players twice a decade to provide relief to struggling teams and further line the pockets of the wealthy teams.
It's worth a shot. Too bad there's practically zero indication it will happen
Ack. Ack Ack.
Something you might want to consider is the NFL doesn't have guarenteed contracts. I wonder if the NHLPA would agree to that.
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