Haggerty: Jacobs should be held responsible
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12-02-2012, 12:12 PM
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For the record, I have no problem with holding Jacobs responsible, if as long as "responsible" you mean "responsible for whatever good comes out of the CBA, as well as the bad things happening now."
If the CBA turns out to be good for the sport,
like the last one did when Jacobs led that particular charge, and you're willing to give JJ full marks for his role, then I'm on board with bringing up the cost.
If you're not prepared to credit JJ if the lockout turns out to have been the right thing in the long run, then hold your peace now.
If there's disagreement that it was good for the sport, what then? Some of us said that allowing the UFA age to drop was a bigger loss than most at the time could imagine, in terms of protection offered to weak teams. Furthermore, forcing teams to spend at a rate that's derived by revenue growth in the healthiest and biggest markets is hardly a sign of some solid business acumen. More an indication that they should have invested in some spreadsheet and modeling software, along with people who know how to use these tools.
Meanwhile, 3 of the biggest, most solid American markets won Cups during the last CBA. Only the Rangers of the O6 group failed; and Philly, one of the strongest with the O6, was in a Cup final and Conference final.
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