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11-23-2012, 08:38 PM
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Average Ticket Cost vs. Average Player Salary - 1994 to 2012

I posted this in the lockout thread, but thought maybe it deserved it's own thread.

I was looking at some comparisons between the "Original Bettman Lockout" (1994-95), and this year's lockout. I came across some interesting numbers:

Average NHL Ticket Price in 1994-95: $33.49
Average NHL Ticket Price in 2011/12: $57.10
Difference: 70% increase in ticket cost over 17 years.

Average NHL Player Salary in 1994/95: $572,000 (this is the FULL-SEASON-prorated figure to reflect actual games played. Players in reality earned less than this, due to the shortened schedule)
Average NHL Player Salary in 2011-12: $2,450,000
Difference: 425% increase in average player salaries over 17 years.

Interesting numbers. This shouldn't paint a full picture of anything, I'm just putting them out there. Feel free to interpret these however you want.

Dissect at your own leisure.

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