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#1 SkeeterHansen

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:21 PM

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After both the NHL and NHLPA released statements (NHLPA in a bogus video format) today regarding the current lockout, the main point was clear: Both sides pretend to care about the fans, when the real light at the end of the lockout tunnel is dollar signs.

Here is what the message from the NHL should say (changes in bold):

Despite the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the National Hockey League has been, and remains, uncommitted to negotiating around the clock to reach a new CBA that is fair to the Players and to the 30 NHL teams.
Thanks to the conditions fostered by seven seasons under the previous CBA, competitive balance has created arguably the most meaningful regular season in pro sports, so we’ve decided to cancel it; a different team has won the Stanley Cup every year, and we are happy because none of the winners have been from Western Canada; fans and sponsors have agreed the game is at its best, and the League has generated remarkable growth and momentum. However, we believe, the billionaire’s who own the teams are not yet rich enough. While our last CBA negotiation resulted in a seismic change in the League's economic system, and produced corresponding on-ice benefits, our current negotiation is focused on a fairer and more sustainable division of revenues with the Players – despite the fact that we, the owners, clearly came out on top in the last deal. Those adjustments are attainable through sensible, focused negotiation -- not through rhetoric. Oh, the irony!
This is a time of year for all attention to be focused on the ice, not on a meeting room. This should lead to answer the question as to why we do not meet as often as we should to get a deal done as quickly as possible. The League, the Clubs and the Players all have a stake in resolving our bargaining issues appropriately and getting the puck dropped whenever we damn well feel like it. We owe it to each other, and to the game. We don’t really care about the fans though, to be honest. Our mindless fans will come crawling back to us and make up our lost revenue like a meth addict in relapse.

Sincerely,

Adolf Bettman and the NHL

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:24 PM


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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:25 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAryFIuRxmQ&feature=player_detailpage


He raised his glass to me. I clearly have this mans respect.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:26 PM

He raised his glass to me. I clearly have this mans respect.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:34 PM

yeah. The players are ENTITLED to 57% of a business they dont even own. How dare the owners actually want at least half of their own money.

If the players dont like it? Players put the product on the ice? Fine. Go start up your own league and put it on the ice. You are fired.

The league belongs to the OWNERS. The stanley cup belongs to the OWNERS . The rights were bought by the NHL a long long time ago.

The league does not belong to the players. It does not belong to the fans. It does not belong to teenagers hiding behind the internet blogging from their parents basement.

At some point, the owners also would like to make a profit, after they have to make up for the losses of other franchises. They cant do that with 43% of the revenue.

The 57% the players get is pure profit. Guaranteed contracts. Must be nice. Their salaries have almost doubled in the last 7 years. Poor babies. Their contracts are GUARANTEED.

Tell that to the Atlanta thrashers. Guess their profits werent guaranteed. Or the Coyotes, who cant make a profit to save their souls.

If I was one of the owners, I would tell the union to either make a fair split of 50 50 and 5 year maximum contracts or you are FIRED.

Go hire AHL players and others to go play in the NHL until the draft replenishes the stars.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:36 PM

This sounds completely objective and not the anger rantings of someone with only a cursory understanding of what is going on behind the scenes.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:40 PM

Adolf Bettman? Hyperbole much?
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:41 PM

Very nice, but you could have probably just edited a giant middle finger and the same point would have been made.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:41 PM

yeah. The players are ENTITLED to 57% of a business they dont even own. How dare the owners actually want at least half of their own money.

If the players dont like it? Players put the product on the ice? Fine. Go start up your own league and put it on the ice. You are fired.

The league belongs to the OWNERS. The stanley cup belongs to the OWNERS . The rights were bought by the NHL a long long time ago.

The league does not belong to the players. It does not belong to the fans. It does not belong to teenagers hiding behind the internet blogging from their parents basement.

At some point, the owners also would like to make a profit, after they have to make up for the losses of other franchises. They cant do that with 43% of the revenue.

The 57% the players get is pure profit. Guaranteed contracts. Must be nice. Their salaries have almost doubled in the last 7 years. Poor babies. Their contracts are GUARANTEED.

Tell that to the Atlanta thrashers. Guess their profits werent guaranteed. Or the Coyotes, who cant make a profit to save their souls.

If I was one of the owners, I would tell the union to either make a fair split of 50 50 and 5 year maximum contracts or you are FIRED.

Go hire AHL players and others to go play in the NHL until the draft replenishes the stars.


I guess that partnership that Bettman keeps spouting off about is all nonsense too? If these so-called great employers in your mind, didn't think that the recently expired CBA wasn't a good deal, then they wouldn't have signed the dotted line, at the advise of THEIR commissioner.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:42 PM

A letter wont change anything
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:46 PM

This sounds completely objective and not the anger rantings of someone with only a cursory understanding of what is going on behind the scenes.



It was meant to be objective. It doesn't resemble my views on the situation, at all. It was meant to be a humorous piece, a satire, if you will. Although some clearly don't have a humerus :P bone in their body...
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:48 PM

yeah. The players are ENTITLED to 57% of a business they dont even own. How dare the owners actually want at least half of their own money.

If the players dont like it? Players put the product on the ice? Fine. Go start up your own league and put it on the ice. You are fired.

The league belongs to the OWNERS. The stanley cup belongs to the OWNERS . The rights were bought by the NHL a long long time ago.

The league does not belong to the players. It does not belong to the fans. It does not belong to teenagers hiding behind the internet blogging from their parents basement.

At some point, the owners also would like to make a profit, after they have to make up for the losses of other franchises. They cant do that with 43% of the revenue.

The 57% the players get is pure profit. Guaranteed contracts. Must be nice. Their salaries have almost doubled in the last 7 years. Poor babies. Their contracts are GUARANTEED.

Tell that to the Atlanta thrashers. Guess their profits werent guaranteed. Or the Coyotes, who cant make a profit to save their souls.

If I was one of the owners, I would tell the union to either make a fair split of 50 50 and 5 year maximum contracts or you are FIRED.

Go hire AHL players and others to go play in the NHL until the draft replenishes the stars.


Well I guess if you were one of the owners, the problem would be solved, wouldn't it?
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 02:05 PM

The league does not belong to the players. It does not belong to the fans. It does not belong to teenagers hiding behind the internet blogging from their parents basement.



I disagree. Hockey belongs to everyone. From the small kid who plays hockey in his backyard to the fan who spends hundreds of dollars every year for his team. The owners are just the guys who used their huge fortunes to buy a team and create an even bigger fortune. They are nothing but capitalists, and they couldn't capitalize if it wasn't for our love of the game, including those few players who've made it and got rich themselves.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 02:25 PM

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 02:28 PM

I disagree. Hockey belongs to everyone. From the small kid who plays hockey in his backyard to the fan who spends hundreds of dollars every year for his team. The owners are just the guys who used their huge fortunes to buy a team and create an even bigger fortune. They are nothing but capitalists, and they couldn't capitalize if it wasn't for our love of the game, including those few players who've made it and got rich themselves.

Hockey belongs to everyone...the NHL...not so much.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 02:35 PM

Yay! Another thread about the lockout!
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 02:37 PM

Yay! Another thread about the lockout!


Get used to it. From what I hear, fans (myself very much included) aren't too pleased about it.

Just as we'd post about the regular season (if there was one), a majority of posts will become about the lockout.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 02:40 PM

Tell that to the Atlanta thrashers. Guess their profits werent guaranteed. Or the Coyotes, who cant make a profit to save their souls.


Maybe the league should accept responsibility for expanding/moving into markets that weren't capable of sustaining an NHL franchise. If your boss decides to open up a nightclub in a retirement community, you shouldn't expect to take a pay cut when it fails.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 02:50 PM

Get used to it. From what I hear, fans (myself very much included) aren't too pleased about it.

Just as we'd post about the regular season (if there was one), a majority of posts will become about the lockout.

Ah, so we should just let anyone and everybody create a thread about it? Like all the threads about whatever topic drives fans the most (Luongo, Weber, Doan, Hodgson, etc)? I guess this one is just more pithy than the rest, so that makes it cool? Board rules be damned!

The topic is not different than what's being discussed in other threads about the lockout and the CBA negotiations, and you're kidding yourself if you think it is.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 02:56 PM

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 03:01 PM

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You got that right. I'm the baddest of all the asses.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 03:02 PM

You got that right. I'm the baddest of all the asses.

Im talkin about the pic
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 03:04 PM

Im talkin about the pic



Apologies for the misunderstanding.

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