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11-24-2012, 03:05 PM
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Mark Spector writes about league profitability and player salaries:

"That does not mean, however, that there are no repercussions for draining far more from the game than one's value as a player deems appropriate. As a whole, that's what players have done: Taken more from the coffers than the game can afford to give them over the years, and now the pendulum swings back.

The players, since about 1990, have always won on the salary front. Even in 2004-05, it turns out, they made out better than anyone could have dreamed. Now, the players are losing one of these battles, and it's all about "unfair practices" and "an unwilling partner."

Look, the owners are greedy. This is their lockout, their fault. They dug this economic hole with a series of bad decisions -- almost all of which benefited the players.

But hockey players who think they should be paid like baseball and basketball players, despite the disparity in the NHL's U.S. TV money, need a reality check. The economy does not support that, and even a sports writer can see it."

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