Lockout IV: One likes to believe in the freedom of hockey (Moderated: see post #2)
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12-16-2012, 12:37 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Watertown, MA
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Lets say this, you have an owner, he is wealthy enough by his own means to buy a team and fill it with the best players he can, the fans come in droves to watch a great team, run very well and who treats the fans and players with respect and admiration. If you tell the independently wealthy owner that he can only spend "X" amount on players and then he MUST give "X" amount of his profits, that he earned to other teams that are not run as well and who dont field a team that are capable of playing as well as the other teams in the league night in and night out, you are creating a league that doesnt support competition, its about a false parity. Parity is the downfall of sports, if you suck, why should you be rewarded? Not everyone is good, not every city deserves a team for whatever sport they want. If an owner cant afford to sign players, he should not be rewarded a crutch earned from other teams revenue. If you cant afford to field a team on par with the rest of the league, if the market does not support that team for any reason...you should not have a franchise, and to put a cap on the better run teams in markets that support those teams is dumb. Its the participation trophy. The owners that field teams and spend money and resources to put out a better product are being penalized for their success.
If you don't like how professional sports in North America work, take your millions elsewhere and save your money. The only reason the big market teams revenue's are as large as they are is because the league is 30 teams big. If there were only 10 teams, those teams that have to share revenue wouldn't be making nearly as much money as they are now because they wouldn't have the big TV and sponsorship deals because less eyes would be seeing the product.
Well run teams can win at sports, by being just that, well run. Being able to throw an exorbitant amount of cash at any player in the league is not competition and takes no skill. That is the downfall of sports. That is why the MLB is struggling recently with viewership and attendance. I'll take the GM who was able to put together the best team facing the same rules as 29 other teams, over the GM who is able to throw the most money at players.
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