Thursday, April 28, 2005

Almost a year- couldn't stay away

Well, I couldn't stay away, haha. It's been almost a year since I've last posted, and a lot has happened in the hockey world in that time. Some of it surprising, most of it not. My Sharks lost in the playoffs to Calgary, who ended up losing to Tampa Bay in the finals. Vincent Damphousse, Mike Ricci, and Todd Harvey are gone to other teams. There have been no NHL games this season, so I can't say I've been too derelict in my duties. Ok, ok, I've been derelict.

Might as well take this opportunity to weight in on the lockout, it seems like everyone else has. I'm going to be in the minority and take the players' side, at least partially. Players only spend 3-4 years in the league on average, and they are the ones putting their bodies in harm's way. If anybody should make a disproportionate amount of money, it should be the players. That being said, it's not the same as agreeing that the system prior to the lockout was working. There do need to be changes made in the financial structure of the league in order for hockey to survive.

For one, there needs to be heavy revenue sharing. Football has it, and it works. Football also has a gigantic TV contact where the NHL does not, but I have confidence that the NHL business minds can come up with something that will level the playing field a bit. To have one team financially able to spend 3, 4, 5 times as much money as other teams is a problem. It ends up producing exactly what we have- some teams spending so much on free agents that the othet teams have to overspend to compete at all.

But, having a hard connection between revenues and payroll is the same as saying they want a mandated profit margin. Sorry folks, that's not how a business works in a free market. You do well, market well, sell well, put out a good product and manage expenses, you make money. You don't do well, you have runaway expenses, you lose money. Pay Bobby Holik $100 million dollars (or whatever it was). Sorry, you lose money. Have fun dumping that contract.

More later.

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