I submit to the players my final offer. I outline the proposal to the media and if the union leadership turns it down ask for the players to vote on the proposal. Then the final option would be to cancel the season. I would do this because I do not think public opinion is on the players side. It would put a tremendous amount of pressure on union leadership to actually have a vote or face public backlash. We could see how united the players are. Realistically is Cowan or Pirnes going to refuse a CBA that gives an average salary of 1.2 to 1.8 million dollars so Modano (it all goes to feeding his dogs) and Jagr can make millions.
I hate to say it but it is no longer the big four in sports. It is the big three with hockey struggling to keep up with extreme sports, soccer and bowling. The players need to wake up and realize they are not in the power position they think they are. The NFL has a billion dollar tv contract while the NHL has one with no upfront money. Yet the players want a system where their average salary in more than players in the NFL. The AVERAGE yearly salary being offerred in more than most people make in a lifetime. Suck it up, say you're doing it for the sport whatever. Just get a deal done and get on the ice. That ticking you here is your career counting down. The owners can own their team for 20-30 years. A player has four maybe five prime earning years. Do the math. Sorry, just got bored and pissed off. A bad combination.
Owners offer contacts, players sign them. The only semi-mandated price the owners pay is from arbitration. Arbitration is based on what similar players are being paid by other owners and determined by a neutral mediator. The owners don't "have to" sign these arbitration agreements. There is a cap on rookie salaries. Hockey owners also have the rights to a players services in the NHL for longer than any other major sport, the much vaunted free agency (31). There are idiot deals for players like Lapointe and Yashin. These are balanced out by contracts for players like, say, Jason Allison when he was with the Caps and the Bruins. These guys performances have a tendency to offset the dumb free agent deals.
Bottom line-when I pay $10 or more to park, $8 for a beer, $4.50 for peanuts, and when we fill the Staples Center and all NHL venues to the tunes of 90% capacity and the owners can't make it maybe it is time to shut the league down. Remember, "figures lie and liars figure".
well, it's nto as simple as said. the system IS designed to push salaries up, this in itself is pretty evident. not only that, but owners have to buy out contracts, pay players when on injured reserve, etc. so if the players want a free market, they should be willing to give up on those things as well. on the other hand, the owners should NEVER demand to make a profit in a business. that has to be one of the most absurd demands i have ever heard a business man make.
but what can you do abotu it, when you have one idiot leading many idiots, ur only going to have trouble. Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in very large groups
As much as it pains me to say this it will never happen with the current management team that the NHLPA has in place. If the Union heads dont like it and they put it to a player vote they are screwed.
IMHO the NHL will ask for the moon and then at some point come down when they get an agreement. That way they can get what they are really after or at least a major step in that direction and say they comprised with the NHLPA.
The owners don't have to sign the players. But then the media and the fans would rip the organization as cheap and not wanting to win if they let a player leave as a free agent or released them because of their contrat demands.
Another thing. Why can't the owners expect a profit on their investment. If it is ok to invest without profit, then send me a check for your life savings and I will invest it for you. Don't worry my investment organization has only lost millions each year for the past four years. (This is sarcasm by the way) It is impossible to have a long term solvent organization that loses money consistenlty. And don't say that the owners should control themselves. There are always a few owners that treat their organization as a hobby and are not afraid to lose money. Those teams ruin the salary structure for the entire league. (ex Lapointe). And when a fiscally responsible team lets players go, they are cheap or don't have a committment to winning. The current system is terrible. Hockey is not a major sport the likes of football, baseball and basketball. It is a niche sport with a small hardcore fan base. The players need to realize the league (notice I did not say owners) cannot afford to pay them like this is a major (read major television contract and other endorsement opportunities) sport.
I am not looking for a huge disagreement...but how about also factoring in the increase in the value that the NHL teams have acrued over the last 15 or 20 years. It is substantial. Every team added has kicked into the coffers of the large and small market teams. Most of these owners also have spanking new buildings partially funded by local governments. They will not be super profitable as long as there is a incentive to show loss for tax reasons. That will be milked to the maximum.
My mortgage is always going to be my hardest payment to make but the value of the house keeps going up. In fact I have made more on the house's equity in the last 7 years than I have paid on the house by along way. Paper profit though it is.
If I have to drive an old Mazda and my neighbors snicker as I drive down the street that will not make me drop $50k an the new Mercedes because that is not financially prudent in my situation. Getting a bad reaction from the local hockey community is a minor concern when it comes to "losing millions". Rob Blake was asking for a contract that was too rich for managements blood. They shipped him. They did not permanently hurt the franchise, even though it was tough on some of us. This was the correct decision, painful though it was. It is incumbant on all of these owners to make the same difficult decisions. Not signing players outside the budget, making a NHL television deal, and not sucking the lifeblood out of the greatest game on earth for profit should be the goals of the owners.
Until a franchise actually fails because of the cost of the players, not inept management, it is premature to tell the fan that the sky is falling. This is a business strategy, a profit making scheme in it's own right. It is an ill-advised scheme that has cost the little guy his picaune pleasure. Oh, the Humanity of it all!