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12-21-2012, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by optimus2861 View Post
MLB dealt with it by having the rich teams pay enough money to the poor teams to enable the poor teams to profit even when they inevitably lose their marquee free agent players to said rich teams. In computer-speak, the problem you speak of in MLB isn't a bug, it's a feature, one the rich MLB teams willingly, even happily, go along with. And it's one Fehr would like the NHL to replicate.

If the NHL had MLB's profit margins, it might possibly work. Though I would still argue that it would make for a less interesting, less relevant league in the majority of markets.

But the fact is, the NHL doesn't make MLB money. Asking the wealthy teams to subsidize the marginalized teams AND pay massive salaries in a capless system is a great way to have 30 teams with tiny profit margins at best. There might not be as many teams failing, but there also wouldn't be more than a couple of teams with money to burn. Out goes one problem, in comes another.

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