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09-17-2004, 10:03 AM
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The Tennessean: Luxury tax makes more sense in NHL

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The NHL owners say they want to level the ice.

Be careful for what you wish. A salary cap (OK, commissioner, cost certainty) is exactly what the NHL does not need.

More than any other pro sports league, the NHL must have one, two or more teams that are willing to throw around money like drunken sailors and secure the best talent available, regardless of cost.

It's good for business when Detroit pours $77 million worth of players onto the ice, as was the case last season. Every neighborhood needs a bully.

Luxury tax makes more sense in NHL

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I sent Climer the following email...

You really should put a disclaimer on your article. It should read, "the following opinion is unqualified, ignorant, unfounded, and has little basis in fact/reasonable thought". Your argument could be refuted by an ape trained by the NHL owners. You cannot ignore hockey 364 days of the year and then just step in and act like Brian Burke and tell the league what to do on the 365th. For the same reason I don't tell marathoners what to do, you shouldn't be preaching about hockey. Just remember your paper's credo, "hockey is a niche sport and it's not worth following". That'll save you some ink. It'll atleast spare the Nashville public an article that holds less weight than the actual paper it's printed on.

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You really should put a disclaimer on your article. It should read, "the following opinion is unqualified, ignorant, unfounded, and has little basis in fact/reasonable thought". Your argument could be refuted by an ape trained by the NHL owners. You cannot ignore hockey 364 days of the year and then just step in and act like Brian Burke and tell the league what to do on the 365th. For the same reason I don't tell marathoners what to do, you shouldn't be preaching about hockey. Just remember your paper's credo, "hockey is a niche sport and it's not worth following". That'll save you some ink. It'll atleast spare the Nashville public an article that holds less weight than the actual paper it's printed on.
Great response Smokey!


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I sent Climer the following email...

You really should put a disclaimer on your article. It should read, "the following opinion is unqualified, ignorant, unfounded, and has little basis in fact/reasonable thought". Your argument could be refuted by an ape trained by the NHL owners. You cannot ignore hockey 364 days of the year and then just step in and act like Brian Burke and tell the league what to do on the 365th. For the same reason I don't tell marathoners what to do, you shouldn't be preaching about hockey. Just remember your paper's credo, "hockey is a niche sport and it's not worth following". That'll save you some ink. It'll atleast spare the Nashville public an article that holds less weight than the actual paper it's printed on.

couldn't have said it better myself.

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I sent Climer the following email...

You really should put a disclaimer on your article. It should read, "the following opinion is unqualified, ignorant, unfounded, and has little basis in fact/reasonable thought". Your argument could be refuted by an ape trained by the NHL owners. You cannot ignore hockey 364 days of the year and then just step in and act like Brian Burke and tell the league what to do on the 365th. For the same reason I don't tell marathoners what to do, you shouldn't be preaching about hockey. Just remember your paper's credo, "hockey is a niche sport and it's not worth following". That'll save you some ink. It'll atleast spare the Nashville public an article that holds less weight than the actual paper it's printed on.
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He is an idiot, and the article proves it. he doesn't seem to understand that our window of opputunity will be 1 maybe 2 years while teams like the Dead things can draft atrociously, grossly overpay players making it impossible for the smaller market teams to compete in the FA market, and still make it to the Cup finals with near ease.

Why does the Tennessean even print things from writers, who don't follow hockey, and have no idea what they are talking about??!?! Its in the best interest of Nashville to KEEP the Predators, as it adds so much more revenue!

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I actually sent him an e-mail last nite,

I was a little more specific in countering his arguments.

People of his ilk, and alot of fairly knowledgeable hockey fans seem to miss the big problem with the CBA:

It's not that you can't field a competitive team, or compete for the cup in any given year with a relatively small payroll...it's what happens AFTER you experience that success. Your home-grown, blossoming team all of a sudden wants the fat checks that the overpaying teams hand out. Case in point: Preds make the playoffs with lowest payroll in league. It jumps 41% just to re-sign the players we had...not counting the ones we let walk.

I would give you the stats on Calgary & Tampa's payroll, but the NHLPA has taken all the player salaries down, with a statement of "NHLPA members do not receive compensation from their club or the league during the owner's lockout."

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Actually, the salaris are there...a couple of guys I know are signed said $000, but there are too many key players still unsigned to make a decent argument.

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Originally Posted by SmokeyClause
I sent Climer the following email...

You really should put a disclaimer on your article. It should read, "the following opinion is unqualified, ignorant, unfounded, and has little basis in fact/reasonable thought". Your argument could be refuted by an ape trained by the NHL owners. You cannot ignore hockey 364 days of the year and then just step in and act like Brian Burke and tell the league what to do on the 365th. For the same reason I don't tell marathoners what to do, you shouldn't be preaching about hockey. Just remember your paper's credo, "hockey is a niche sport and it's not worth following". That'll save you some ink. It'll atleast spare the Nashville public an article that holds less weight than the actual paper it's printed on.
Right on

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I sent the bum an email too.

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I want to also say that it is not his argument of a luxury tax that I reject so wholeheartedly. Though I do disagree with a luxury tax, I respect those who feel that way. I am dumbfounded by his logic for a luxury tax. It's as if the Tennessean drew his name out of a hat (along with Biddle, Woody, and a few others) and told them to write an article about the NHL situation to be published the next day. It's so poorly thought out that it's scary. Even Luxury tax supporters would disagree with his logic. There are plenty of valid reasons to support the luxury tax, and he managed to dodge every one of them.

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As compromises go, luxury tax would be the way to go. The players aren't budging on not having a cap, but it seems like the owners would be the first to break and just go with the tax. Either way, I'd like to see hockey this season, but at the same time fix the problem so it won't come back for a long long time either.

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