At this rate the NHL wont have much revenue to fight over. They seem to think revenue is a given and just falls from the sky or if you build it they will come. Think again...remember Pheonix? FYI...revenue is generated by fans and their hard earned dollars. Without them you dont have a business...again I refer to the desert teams. Let me just say, I'm of the belief that consumers are king. They can make or break you and once the trust is lost it's tough to get them back, if not highly unlikely. Same can be said of sponsors, your other source of revenue. The NHL isn't king...without the fans, sponsors and players you will cease to exist. They are your biggest generating revenue source.
At this point I would have said gentlemen (players) go play wherever you can, and wait this out for 2-3 seasons until the NHL either gets its priority in order or dissolves entirely. Let the owners pay for Bettman's $8M salary and see how far he gets with his lock out ideas. Ironically he's the only one making millions at the moment...not teams nor players...how convenient. No wonder lockouts are no sweat off his back and willing to let it go on as long as they do. To everyone else, these lockouts are getting old and predictable, and need to stop. The business will lose billions at the cost of trying to gain those millions back to a few parties?? Not a cost efficient way of running things. Hard to believe successful billionaires signed up for this.
And, if I had a choice to spend my money to watch Team A (elite players aka the players team) versus Team B (NHL's proposed replacement players), I think I'd get more entertainment value and worth for my money watching Team A, alternatively I could watch a uni league for $5 (Team B's market competitor) which again I'd opt to watch for $5 versus any NHL Team B league.
At this point, the image of the NHL is going downhill fast, and pissing off their fans, players and sponsors. Nobody likes an ego centric, money driven/greedy bully holding everyone hostage for their sole self serving purpose and I always believed the character of the company is created by and from the top.
Unless you're able to generate your own revenue without the assistance of fans/sponsors/players which is how the NHL seems to be behaving with its lack of regard to all three parties and a lack of regard to its business, a national sport and minimizing it to dollar and cents despite a successful season, only then you should be entitled to do as you please. Until then, I'd tread carefully, act with humility and prioritize what makes this business successful. Again, I'd look at the Canucks model. They invest in their players and not only with dollar and cents, in fact that's almost secondary, the players invest in the team, they become the most winningest team, that keeps the fans happy and the fans continue to invest in the team, which keeps the arena full and fund this ordeal and make it all possible. They act in synergy to maintain the success of the organization. A sports league does not and cannot function alone, and if an owner truly believes they are the be-all and end-all, lets see how far that mentality will get you.
This reminds of a CEO who continues to fire primary employees when the company's stock is rising, in his ignorance and arrogance wanting to believe he is the cause of the rise only to have it fall each and every time when the employees are let go. In comparison to a successful billionaire who takes the time to chat up new employees, provide staff with free lunches prepared by an in-house chef and even nutritious snacks around the office. I think I'd be more inclined to follow the ways of a successful billionaire then a clueless CEO with plummeting stock.
Edited by Mauii, 24 November 2012 - 08:00 PM.