I'm not jealous...what am I 12? lol I am for the owners.... If Im jealous than you must be a Super fan who follows every tweet and instagram form every player you have followed. Lol believe everything you hear from their tweets hahaa...Poor players...bet you'de givem all hugs wouldn't ya lol
I dont get why you love them so much but you call there money disgusting? Some of your thought process goes so far beyond the problem it shows me that you are blinded by awesomeness. I am positive that if Crosby said hi to you that you would most likely FAINT lol Please tell me that you don't scream and throw your under wear over the glass at games cuz that would so WEIRD!
I have no idea how old you are, but given that your response to business ideas is to apparently to conjure the image of a precocious 14-year-old Bieber fan I'm hoping you're not that old. Otherwise, that would be creepy.
But since you're so interested, no, I don't follow any of the players on Twitter or Facebook. I don't have a Twitter account and have never even been to Instagram. I do not own a jersey with an individual player's name on it (as I can never decide which player it would be) and I've only ever been to 1 Canucks game (many, many years ago) because it's really freaking expensive. I've never squealed at anyone in delight in my life (with the obvious very private exception) and I think Crosby is overrated as a player.
I'm not a "super fan" nor have I ever claimed to be. I just appreciate the reality of the business that they are in. They get paid not based on what they deserve in a fair world. No such world exists. Instead, they, like everyone else, get paid based on the amount of money they generate in the industry they are in. It is a disgusting amount of money involved in sports and entertainment in general. But we pay it, so they get it. That's how it works.
But, how about you turn that question back on yourself? If you think the players are so disgusting for making the amount of money they make for actually doing work, why do you blindly support the owners making more than their share despite contributing very little? As I said before, some of the big name players contribute more to the revenue of their team than the individual owners put in to buy into a franchise. In fact, the players of every team collectively generate more revenue for their teams yearly than the owners put in once to buy into the franchise. And players work towards these careers since childhood. They workout hours a day, put their health on the line every day, limit everything they eat at all times of the year, their travel schedule means they lose precious time with their families, and frankly they play through pain that would cripple most of us. Yes, it's their choice. But so is being an owner, which is by far the sweeter deal. Owners put a tiny fraction of their overall disposable income towards a team, which they are fully aware of the risks and responsibilities for. And then most sit back and do nothing while getting huge tax breaks at the expense of taxpayers. (The luxury tax rates for sports teams is nothing short of gross!)
If you'd read through my many posts on this issue you'll see that I've talked about the importance of owners and how players need to remember that they need them as much as the owners need the players. It's a symbiotic relationship and their negotiations and CBA need to reflect that fact. As a fan of the sport and the league, I want to see it healthy but I know it is never going to be if owners are allowed to continue to make very poor business decisions which someone else has to bear the consequences for. Just as I know that we will find ourselves without the sport we love every time the CBA expires if owners are allowed to lockout players every time just so they can force players to give up even more (despite record profits) while facing no consequences from fans. That's not good business and it's especially not good for fans.
Frankly, if you were truly on the side of the league and the owners, and not just blindly against the players, you would want to see them held to a standard that would ensure the best possible prospect for a successful future. You would want to see them behaving responsibly and making the best decisions for their businesses, not just assuming they can make any bad decision they want and find some way to make someone else pay for it later. You would want them to see them keeping their metaphorical doors open and revenue flowing. What you would not want, however, is to see them creating rules that will actually create a greater disparity between teams (for example, by forcing teams to include NHL contracts in the minors against the cap, but not bonuses, meaning rich teams will just make future contracts that offer pennies for "salary" but tens of millions a year in bonuses to attract big name players, pricing them far outside the reach of poorer teams.) Just like last time, you can place all of the limits you want on players but it's actually the owners who set the salaries and who have the most invested interest in finding ways around the rules they created. If the owners themselves are not limited, not asked to be responsible for their own decisions, the problems the league has now will only continue and get worse.
Be for the owners if you honestly think their position is better or more important for the league. But do so intelligently, with an eye on the actual business of the NHL and not just "but the players just get paid so much for having such a cool job!"