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01-04-2013, 01:43 AM
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Del Z baby
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Originally Posted by Pepper View Post
This has so many things wrong...

Players are NOT the product, they are PART OF THE PRODUCT.

Fans in Montreal don't go to games to watch Gomez, Kaberle, Subban or Price, they go to watch THE MONTREAL CANADIENS. Put current Habs players in a new, rival league team in Montreal and see how many fans will go their games and how much money the players would make. You'd be surprised.

Players come and go, teams stay (well, most of the time). Teams own the history, the arenas (or management rights), tv-contracts and The Stanley Cup.

And it's funny how you say owners wouldn't make any money at all.

Last season players made roughly 1.89B money (call it profit before taxes). Teams made 200-300M in profits collectively.

Now tell me again who's standing to lose more money if there's no NHL?

The players are not the product? They are the skill, they are the people the fans pay money to come see. No fan in the history of the NHL has ever paid money to come see an owner or ownership group sit in their box.

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