It seems we are nearing some type of a conclusion. It seems both sides are finally acting like the game, its fans and the brand is important. I guess we will get to see how much damage this will do over the coming weeks and years, thats if they reach an agreement.
The NHL should knock 45% off the price of anything with an NHL logo on it, the owners should do the same with ticket pricing. Thats roughly the percentage of games they will not play this year if they drop the puck within two weeks.
Pipe dream, I know. I could care less anyways as I wont be buying a thing for quite a while, maybe until they can get from one CBA to the next without losing games.
Though, I will watch the local games on TV. I still like my local team (mainly for economic reasons), but I could care less about the league as a whole at this point or the players in general. I wont be doing any surveys for Neilson, and my personal viewership wont make them much more than Im willing to spend on this league anyways.
Exactly this!!. Even a guy like Campoli hase made 5 million dollars in their career. They can't put aside a mil or two for when they retire??
I'm really getting sick of the excuse of players having short careers and "boo hoo" we need our pensions. Look if you can't save a bit of the millions upon millions upon millions of dollars you make in a 10-15 year career then shame on you. Pensions!!! really!! give me a break. That should never ever be the reason for cancelling a season. Players love to say "this isn't about the money" Well it sure looks like it.
10-15 years?! How many players have 10 to 15 year careers?
I understand both sides of this. Players deserve a pension. Yes they make millions (or hundred-thousands) a year, but they want that safe guarding in case anything happens with their money. I would hope that the NHLPA would educate players on smart investments, though.
But I also understand that the league doesn't want to be on the hook for a lot of this because it's money outside the system and frankly, players making millions should be okay for the rest of their lives.
There's a difference between having a plan for your future and having a free pass to blow your millions.
Pensions shouldnt be a huge deal for people making millions of dollars in their careers.
Considering you have to play X amount of games (years) to qualify for a pension, and the minimum salary is what $500K, there is no reason they should even need pensions set up for them. Let alone have it be costed to the employer.
It takes normal people 20+ years to receive pensions in a lot of jobs. Its just another luxury the players are money grabbing about.
Pensions are merely a form of deferred compensation.
My post was just deleted? I spoke with Dreger (albeit for about 15 seconds) earlier tonight (before the 8pm meetin started) and suffice it to say he wasn't in good spirits. For those wondering, the meeting is at 47th st and 6th Ave in Manhattan. This is the building next to the NHL store. Not sure but I would assume that this is the location of the NHL's offices?
For anyone watching TSN about 30 minutes ago Dreger said that's where the meetings were taking place.