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12-03-2012, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
The players' unity, if there is any at all, is galvanized by a toxic blend of personal hatred and the over the top notion they are being disrespected. This article sums up nicely just how "disrespected" they've been during the Bettman era. Salaries have increased 5-fold - how strange - you never would've thought that listening to the NHLPA.

Theres 2 issues here that the players need to resolve on their end:

1. The faux outrage regarding the 2004 lockout. Good thing they got Fehr on board to avoid that calamity again huh? All that deal did was line the players' pockets with cash for the last 7 years.

2. Familiarize themselves with the economic reality of the league. Its tough to take entitlements away from people. 57% of league revenues and no term limits on contracts are entitlements that you won't find in any other professional sports, despite hockey being a constant #4 in those rankings.

Its like a political campaign, when the record doesnt go in your favor, the next step is to tar and feather your opponent. From the stuff I've read, Im surprised Jeremy Jacobs hasnt sprouted devil horns yet. I've read less so about how half the teams in the league are unable to turn a profit. But the players dont care that half the league's operations are trending as unsustainable, so long as they continue to get theirs. Where is the greed in all this exactly?
Faux outrage over 2004? Like missing a season for a deal the owners hate? For a deal they spent money and energy circumventing? The nerve of them to feel slighted.

Good point about Fehr... i guess there isn't a man alive that could have avoided Bettman's scripted lockout. Nice to see the pro billionaires finally admit to it.

You keep harping on the second point. The players accept the landscape. 50% and contract control. Honor contracts and stop being greedy on ALL contract demands. The variance cap achieves the loophole issues. It will indirectly cap term anyway.

Maybe the NHL should take your advice. Cap escrow and phase the new cba. Compromise. Ideals practiced by the other leagues. They seem to understand the labor climate much better than Bettman.

Half the teams are unprofitable? About as accurate as your insistence the players want 57%. 5 teams, five. That's the anchor. NYI will solve it with their move. Same for Phoenix. Probably a Florida team too.

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