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12-10-2012, 11:56 PM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
I would bet that people have looked into the issue of drugs and lifestyle, but we would probably each find failings in the detailed models, as there always are.

Obviously, risk isn't everything. We can all agree that NFL players take the most physiological risks out of the major sports, yet they don't have the largest salaries. This is because of various factors. Chiefly, there is more overall pay for NFL players, but there are more players per team, for 1700 total players (compared to 600 in the NHL), meaning average salary is lower. This simple example shows that risk isn't everything. Conversely, NBA salaries have the highest salaries, for the same reason, few total players.

In terms of players getting "paid more" for their health risks, I just think they should get medical care covered, which is already the case, and that it should be seen as a cost of business and not a privilege.

I'm also refuting the arguments that:
- players take zero risks / pay zero costs
- players have great health as a job benefit / privilege

There are valid arguments for lower salaries (e.g. more parity, greater possibility for expansion), but those two reasons listed above are not among them, as they are both false at worst, unsupported at best.

All this stuff about privileges and necessity is really a wash. The players benefit from having all their accommodations, travels, medical, training...ect paid for as do the owners. The owners benefit from their team being given the best chance to win. It is a privilege for the players to have all the perks of being NHLers, but like wise it's a privilege for the owners to have an NHL team with NHLers. I don't see the debate between these two points.

As far as being given the opportunity to be in their place and have all the privileges and burdens of an NHLer/Owner is a personal choice and an opinion that will differ from one person to the other and cannot be used as an argument. What one might perceive as a privilege might actually be ones biggest burden, you can't know.

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