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12-14-2012, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Stix and Stones View Post
Hockey would do fine if it was just left up to the free market. If owners had to build their own arenas they would have less cash to pay players and yes hockey would still exist. It would even be more stable since an owner wouldn't be threatening to move if he built the place. Unlike what happens every year now, wah wah I need a better arena or I'm moving. If there was no rev sharing, teams would gravitate to places that were profitable. All the outside interference to grow the sport is the cause of the problem. Fans say the players at onetime received 75% of the hockey revenue. Well it survived without lockouts or strikes even when players made 75% of the cash and owners still built their own arenas.
well at 75% there were banks telling the teams "get your salaries under control or we aren't renewing your line of credit" and there were owners who were hanging on saying "we are dumping this team if we don't get a cap in 04" the Oilers were tops in that group.

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