Schlongo 315 : and verily I say unto thee, cast not your saviours into the pit of hell known as flowrida, nay ride both these stallions to the promised land and make your enemies weep and gnash their teeth in terror.
Can you imagine just about any other business splitting their revenue 50/50 with their employees?
Would a company like McDonalds do that?
Right....these players tick me off - I want to see the game like it was played in the 70's, 80's and early 90's...when players cared about the crest on their uniform...where they played for the love of the game.
If they reject this latest offer, then I hope the season is a write off - they don't deserve to play nor be watched and cheered on by us fans.
This shows your complete ignorance of basic facts of life. I spent years as an HR Director for a company with thousands of employees so I know a little about Labour Relations and what salary share of revenue is for most companies.
1. A service oriented company pays upwards of 70-80% of its TOTAL revenue on employee salary and direct benefits. Macdonalds is likely slightly lower due to how little they pay their employees, but it is certainly well above 60%.
2. 50% of HRR is NOT the same as 50% of total league revenue. The owners are allowed to deduct many expenses before splitting the pot. It is entirely false to suggest that they have to pay all their expenses out of their remaining 43%. Estimates are that the split is actually currently around 50/50 of total revenue when you add that excluded revenue that the players get no part of. Any other type of business where their employees are the actual product would take that split in a heartbeat.
3. I have been involved directly at the bargaining table with a number of large unions. I can read contract language and more importantly read between the lines of what it actually means. I can tell you that every league proposal so far has effectively been the same, they are just using different language and clauses to obscure their intent.
4. In this offer their so called "salary protection" for player's existing contracts sounds great as a title until you read the actual language. It still equals a rollback, and as Fehr stated... later on it promises to make up for lost salary in early years by a formula where teams get to backpay some contracts up to their full value... but oh wait, that backpay STILL counts towards the new player share of 50% on top of current salaries.
5. The over 5 year cap hit clauses and moving of dollars/cap hit are also backdoor ways to lower how much in real dollars is going to players. If you count Souray's salary in the minors to the cap... it lowers what you can pay other players. If you count a retired player's cap hit for years after he is gone... it lowers what you can pay other players.
You must have been the one trying to stir trouble in the chat room. About 6 minutes into tonight's game, somebody began to post obnoxiously in the chat. He was warned. He then began harassing users. We IP banned that individual about 15 minutes in, which seems to correspond with the time you posted in this thread.
You must not realize that 120+ people are trying to enjoy themselves and have some fun in the midst of the NHL lockout, and that a few have put in the time and effort to make it possible. If you're only going to criticize and complain about it, the entire aim of the show has flown completely over your head. The objective is to entertain people, and there are many who have shown interest; we want to respect and justify their interest and commitment, and have aimed to provide a way to entertain and bring fans together in what would otherwise be a very quiet, lengthy off-season.
If fans are enjoying it, that is what matters, and that is why this project exists. If you really think about it, it is often the trivial things in life that keep us happy: books, films, television, music, sports. It makes little sense for you to isolate just one form of entertainment and criticize those who've put in the effort to piece it together; it's incredibly insulting, especially considering you've done nothing of your own for the sake of others.
The hypocrisy of your words is absurd. You also seem to take life much too seriously. It is actually quite disturbing to see someone who can not find humor or fun without being so narrow-minded. If you aren't interested in watching, you don't have to.
I agree on one thing, I dropped the ball on making sure everything was good to go.
I simply ran out of time, and I had no idea Team 1040 and CTV were on there way today, which really threw me behind time wise. I didn't have time to make sure everything was good to go, and then I ran into a business policy of having to wait TWO days to verify my live stream channel. That is insane to me. Still, it is a lesson for me to check my basics before proceeding on things. Huge lesson learned.
That being said, I apologize for the mess, I did drop the ball, but I will make sure this doesn't happen again. I will learn from it and hopefully you guys keep tuning in.
If the video quality of the live streaming sucks, I might just drop it. When I honestly thought of doing live streaming, I thought only around 10-20 people would tune in, I had no idea so many people would watch it. Took me by surprise. That being said, my regular highlight show will still be up, and that should still be viewed as the main part of this entire thing. The live streaming of the game was only meant as a fun side addition, I never meant for it to be the whole focus, due mainly to the fact I couldn't ensure the quality of the live stream enough to make it a huge focal point.
Anyways, just my random thoughts on how it went down. I know some people will hold it against me, and I don't blame them. Such is life! Onwards and upwards.