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12-09-2012, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Reiher View Post
I'm not denying the fact that these are luxuries, but I kind of see flying first class, and having expensive rooms as giving the players the best chance at being well rested from the exhaustion of travelling. It's not like the players won't perform if they fly coach, but if the teams that pay for those luxury do it to give their team an advantage, I think you can categorize it as an expense to give your team an edge to win. I haven't done any studies on the matter but I know that flying coach for a 5hr flight (Vancouver to Montreal) is not comfortable and somewhat cramping. But alright for other shorter flights maybe it's not as big of an effect, however I just see those expenses as giving your franchise the best chance to arrive to the game in the most restful way possible.

Also lets just throw some numbers out there as rough: say it's $3000 per ticket for first class, and lets say 32 players travel, if we then consider 41 games on the road that is ~4mil in travel expenses a season.

Lets say hotels cost $500 a night, 2 players per room, for 2 nights on average per away game so that's 16 rooms for 41 games that's ~$0.6mil

So on the points you're contending it is not inconceivable that it's costing $5mil per team in travel and accommodation expenses, so that's $150mil for the whole league.

So of $1.65billion that's ~ 10% of the owners share put into the players to try and give them the best chance at competing for away games. From a team by team basis, is it not worth it to try and give your team the best chance of winning?

I mean, I think you could try and leave it up to the players to get their own way to the game, but as I mentioned in a previous post I think that would lead to more chaos then solve anything.
Do you know what he's talking about when he says great food?

As far as I know it is universal for north american employers to pay for food as a travel cost. I've never heard of an employer that doesn't cover travel costs, so I don't see why it's a big deal. I don't know what the per diem might be in the NHL.

The US government suggests $295/day, excluding lodging, for food costs for travelers to Manhattan, and $100/day for Buffalo.

That said, most people I know would rather eat at home than eat in exotic restaurants 60 nights a year. It gets old real fast.


And yes I agree with you, any team that required its players to fly coach would lose games.

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