but......anyways here we go!
In 1972 to 1979 the World Hockey League came into existance, and really changed hockey contracts forever. It was only after the NHL started bucking up did the league start to fall apart.
My thought is why don't the players band together with all their millions, borrow against their pensions and their talents and start their own league.
The last time I checked Toronto Maple Leafs and NY Rangers were both worth more than 500 Million
each, with the Canucks coming in 7th at a cool 300 million. The total value of the league franchises are worth in the neighborhood of what 8 or 9 Billion dollars. That is with a "B"
Maybe if the owners could appriciate that their losses could be much larger and they would loose total control, maybe then they would understand that the players are partners, and "are" the comodity.
To me I think that then the players would not have to share any of the profits with the owners and we would not have to go through this every 5, 6, or 7 years.
The owners are free market people, so compete with the players for TV contracts. parking, gate revenues etc ( HRR ) what a joke!
I love my Canucks, but honestly, if the bottom dwellers get their way, our Canucks won't look the same anyways...and frankly I am tired of it.
It is the owners and GM;s that have raised the level of pay, and if they weren't so greedy, they wouldn't have to keep going back to the players........funny, I don't remember these stoppages in the 60's, 70's or 80's......or if my memory serves me the 90's
So Players! Get with it and form your own league and take everyone with you! Keep the same amount to teams, and make a collective that shares all profit within youselves!
( Note to Moderators......this is a free speach test! Don't lock me out, please!)( I am sure there are lawyers on this site who would agree with my right! )
Edited by zcaptain, 18 October 2012 - 11:11 PM.