The thing I find disturbing is a Debt/Value of 72%. That basically means that the Habs are carrying $240M of debt on the books. The drastic change in the loonie could definitely affect the well being of the Habs business in my opinion.
There are some disturbing numbers for some other teams too....like the Devils 113% debt/value.
10 teams with negative earnings. Only 7 teams with earnings of more than $10M.
Yeah it is way to complex for the average person. If you operate in debt you get some huge tax breaks on other companies etc. A lot of companies run with debt for different reasons, my girlfriend would know more shes an accountant. Ask her tomorrow.
Hockey is a rich person's sports.. like all sports that need complicated and expensive equipment and facilities.
You need a flat surface and a ball.. and you can play soccer.
You need skates, sticks, pucks, refrigerated ice, etc.. to play hockey.. And I'm not even talking about goalies.
Edit: Oh and there's jocks too!
I was not talking about people playing hockey but hockey fans? I've been raised middle class and my uncles grew up poor during the 1930s depression, played hockey when you needed nothing basicaly and most of the kids were playing in cheap outdoor rinks. They've made a good living but are far from rich. Yet they have Habs season tickets.