Fred wrote:Well "little guy " or "closest thing to a little guy" is splitting hairs IMO both give the same impression ...David and Goliath.
If you want to couch it those terms and get bent about it go ahead, but for me its relative. what's really the difference here, its still about squeezing payroll to increase profits. Its the same old same old dressed up in bigger numbers and to me pushing down wages to increase profits is not fair and how we get to outsourcing and everything being built in Taiwan.
The deal that they all bitched about in unison with when they signed the last CBA was the best thing that happened to them.
We don't know what the average contract would be worth now in an open market like it was before the cap. Speculate away but if the right wing mantra that free markets, free enterprise and capitalism always is the best answer then the salary cap is more like soviet style centralised production than anything else.
I don't think this is a time to moan about poor us. You made more than you should and now that's going to be addressed. Man up and understand you made out like bandits to the detriment to many teams ...hence the current philosophy, "they ain't do that to us again" by the owners/ Who can blame them. Personally I'd like to see a few less teams...hows that sit with the workers of the world unite brigade ...poor us
This where the owners lose support across the board, its their incompetence that has them in this mess not the players. All the players have done is take the best deal they can, the right to sell to the highest bidder is something we go to wars to protect for everyone else. The owners want a smaller payroll? stop handing out 100 million dollar contracts... It's not collusion to be smart for gods sake. Nashville has a small payroll and they are competitive and they draw fans...It can be done... so go do it and stop whining about can't run a popsicle stand in the heat of summer.
When prices are low, sure take a gamble. This may come as a surprise to you but the World is in a recession. Now is not the time enter for business as a whole to expand .....hence the recession. Now is the time for survival tactics. If it was such a great time to buy why doesn't the PA invest some of their billions they're holding in their pension plan ....according to you it's a slam dunk to make profits. Buy the Blues they're on Sale right now.
Recession... what is so recessionary about RECORD 3.3 billion dollar revenues? what's so recessionary about the franchise values at an all time high?
btw I don't think its a slam sunk to make money with an NHL franchise but I dont think there should be a guarantee to prevent bad management either...
if that theory is true, why then in the worst economy in the world since the thirties has entertainment investment gone straight up? everywhere I look on a personal level its all brand new and twice as expensive sports, movies, travel, toys, all are bigger better brighter and more prolific now than they have ever been...spending crunch? dont see it myself.Yeah right they might want to appear as country "little guys" but the reality they understand and you are willing to totally overlook is entertainment will be the first to suffer if the recession continues or more likely worsen/ It's run on some thing called disposable income and many homes and companies do have any of that pixie dust. I liked in when the PA actually asked for a fixed lump sum rather than a percentage ...this falls into the category of stupid and they understand that disposable income is shrinking. So hey give us the cash and no we don't want any of the risk ...thank you very much. It does show however their infantile strategy.
Now after refusing to agree on a new CBA they want their lost income replaced, where do they gets this from. They seem to come from the same school as the socilaists in Greece, having sucked on the big t!t and driven the country ( some franchises ) into the dirt complain when the day of reckoning inevitable rolls around. All they can think of is we want more.
its called a contract is a contract is a contract... you sign one you expect to live with it good or bad...
I guess you can gather I'm not over enamoured with the PA stance. I hope the season is written off...it seems inevitable, and it saves me around $5000 plus I have a holiday booked for the month of February call me when they come to their senses and reality creeps in
yeah we are at opposite ends of the spectrum on this issue, but if I agreed with you, we would both be wrong