i was just watching tv and saw a nike commercial about the lockout. it starts with an arena with a clean sheet of ice ready to go for a game. then the commercial watches the ice melt down to the concrete floor. the commercial ends with "bring it back"
who do you think the nhl sponsors would side with? owners or the players?
both sides are at fault. both sides are using the take it or leave it attitude.
there is no give to either side. Both sides are showing their true colors and really could give a rats ass about the fans.
That's not entirely true... The owners are trying to force the players into a cap system that would supercede the owners' mistakes of the past. If say, Bill Guerin, was offered only 2-3 mil by Tom Hicks or another owner and that was the most he was offered, do you think he would sit out until he made 9-10 mil? Hell no, he'd take the 3 mil and play hockey, as would any other NHLer. The owners are the ones who should be held accountable for their own money. If someone offered me 10 mil, I'd sure as hell wouldn't say "You know, I don't think that's fair for you, roll it back a few million bucks and we'll talk."
The only thing that should change in the current system are UFA age, restrictions on rookie salaries and incentives, and probably have some sort of revenue sharing program in place. The players have already proposed a salary roll-back leaguewide.
Gary Bettman wants a salary cap to conform to the models of the NBA and the NFL and will cancel the whole season to get his way. What people don't realize is that the NHL has more player-team identity because player movement is relatively nil compared to other leagues. A salary cap is the most fan-UNfriendly system in the sports world, and I can understand the players' stance on the issue. I side with the players 100%.