The Lockout Thread Part I
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11-30-2012, 09:23 AM
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In what way? I didn't see much about a dynamic between the two.
What I saw in that article, however, was a fairly smart guy who was unloading on the owners. His take on contract mobility is one that I share. Having said that, I haven't seen jack come from the players on anything resembling a solution. It's focused around building a system in which the players can get to every last little crumb of revenue it can, while giving us the illusion they give a crap about the financial state of teams like the CBJ. They just want more money in the CBJ's hands to pay the players or they want no cap so that the Rangers or Leafs could start to play 100 million on players. They don't give a crap which option is went with. They just want every scrap of revenue they can get their grubby mitts on. This isn't about what a fair amount is. To the NHLPA, "fair" is no profit at all for the owners. Any owner. The NHLPA also doesn't give a crap about the non-union workers in each organization. After all the players are the talent and a season ticket rep is just a scab working for the oppressor.
This work stoppage is just an extension of what his happening on a global scale.
Yes, the work stoppage is an extension of what is happening in the world. It's called capitalism.
Players, union or otherwise, are entitled to negoatiate for the best deal, same as any other economic actor. Now, if you'd like to go to a non-union league with no CBA, let's see how that would work out...
1. Top players getting an even bigger share.
2. Lesser players getting a much lower share.
3. Top teams amassing all-star squads while bottom teams scratch to survive--even worse than the present system that subsidizes the franchises not blessed to be in a market with 5 million plus potential consumers.
Let's not delude ourselves--the Jackets don't exist in a purely capitalistic market because the Jackets will never command a big TV contract in the market they are in or the other types of supplemental revenue streams that would be necessary to bring in top talent. With no draft lottery and without CBA requirements making those drafted players stay the property of their team for a period of time, the Jackets would find themselves in even worse shape. (Oh, did we also forget about the huge taxpayer subsidies that even make this team vaguely close to financially viable?)
It isn't an accident that the league with the best revenue sharing is the most competitive--the NFL. It also isn't an accident that a league with no salary cap is one of the most difficult for teams to compete--the MLB (Note, however, that those teams can be very profitable because of the benefits of the luxury tax system--there was an article a few years back showing the lowly Pirates and Marlins were turning quite a profit. Great news for the owners, not great news for the fans.) So, free markets in sports leagues are not ideal. Having a union that is insisting on more revenue sharing (gasp!) and a group of owners demanding limitations on salary is quite ideal for Jackets fans. Until, of course, one or both sides goes to far and kills the season.
It is pretty clear who the problem is and it is Gary Bettman. This incompetent boob is now 0-for-3 in CBA negotiations. He's lost significant time 3 straight negotiations. And for what? His first CBA was a gigantic disaster while it was lauded as a win for the owners. His second CBA...was a gigantic disaster while it was lauded as a win for the owners. It isn't clear that Gary has a fundamental understanding of what he would actually need to do to make his league financially viable...after around 20 years in the commissioners chair. That makes it kind of difficult for anyone to have any faith that this third time that he's sacrificing a substatial amount of games he's actually going to get it right.
I think he's got a bigger issue if this season is lost--he may lose a portion of next year as well. With the Olympics in Russia, I think a lot of the Russian born players may be quite happy to stay home next season. And others may be happy to join them up through the Olympics. Because it turns out there is another consequence of global capitalism--the NHL has competition for players in overseas markets.
Bettman and the owners are too set on winning everything in one CBA. The smart move would be to propose a shorter CBA as an alternative and come back in 3 years and once again demand concessions of the players and get them then. The owners will eventually be in the same place they would with Bettman's proposal without the substantial loss of time.
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