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  1. The fools are the fans who continue to pay $52 for nosebleed seats. I work for hockey, and when a labor dispute begins to seriously jeopardize my loyalty to the game, it matters not who is to blame. It took me ten years to finally come all the way back to baseball, my favorite sport. Thank God for the Cubs and BoSox.

    Comment by Todd — 02/17/2005 @ 12:06:47 PM

  2. I assign blame to both sides. When you have a Serge Federov saying he won’t play for anybody who doesn’t make him “the highest paid player in hockey” then there are some real issues.

    Many owners get in to sports (not just hockey) for the pretige of owning a team. Many turn a nice profit, some cover costs, some take a loss. Fact is all professional sports are OUT OF CONTROL on salaries. I wish they would boradcast more ECHL and IHL games, then NHL could kiss my butt.

    Comment by Bubblehead — 02/17/2005 @ 12:51:08 PM

  3. Wrong on all counts:

    - No one buys a team for “prestige”, or for that other erroneous assumption, as a hobby. They buy it because it’s a high-profile moneymaking business that opens the doors to a bunch more moneymaking businesses.

    -Salaries are not “out of control”. Just because you think no athlete should be making XX number of dollars doesn’t mean they can’t command that on the market. If the money wasn’t there, the owners wouldn’t be paying it. Payroll is one of the easiest items to cut; a team pays what it has to, in line with its goals.

    - Ticket prices are based on supply and demand. As long as the customer pays the price, the teams can set them as high or as low as they want. There’s no direct linkage between that and player costs, or any other operational costs. If there were, tickets to NCAA football and basketball games would be free, since those players aren’t paid.

    I’m not even going to get into the fundamental issues, such as a player’s severely limited window of opportunity in having a career vs. the owner’s long haul (or lucrative exit strategy as an option). Most fans don’t want to hear it, and they’re welcome to cover their ears. Myself, I’m calling the owners out for the greed merchants they are.

    Comment by CT — 02/17/2005 @ 01:11:58 PM

  4. UNLOCKED

    Game on.
    Hallelujah, and pass the puck.
    I’m happy. The switch has been flipped back on, and I can occupy my idle thoughts with player transactions, on-ice action and analysis, and the occasional player controversies. I missed having a season&…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 07/13/2005 @ 11:20:36 PM

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