I don;t understand the players. It's one thing to hold your ground, but they need to realise that the owners are making more money by NOT playing than they would be if they are playing. ALL NHL owners were losing money. Now they are losing none. If they don't come to some sort of workable agreement soon, I believe it will be the end of the NHL as we know it.
I heard a good analogy of it on the radio yesterday....
In the past, the owners have had American Express cards. No limits, they spent spent spent spent spent. Now they are all up crap's creek with no paddles. They have admitted it is their fault, but it's too late to change...
What these owners need are Visa cards. A limit. To protect them from themselves! So many owners are so concerned with the "now" that they have no care for what happens in the future. Take Tampa for example, they won the cup last year with a team worth around $32 million, and they were making a small bit of money off it.
Payroll this year for the owner for the same group of guys, no changes, would've been $49 million. The owners cannot handle their own money.
Im betting this season doesnt happen, actually a foregone conclusion if you ask me. and it really pi$$es me off. I can't believe these people can't come to some kind of comon ground. The hell with them, I've got my Panthers to watch anyways ! :bash: :rant:
Having a salary cap isnt such a bad idea..it works well in the NFL..it keeps everything in check, and keeps the Kobe Bryants, the Shaq's and the Kevin Garnetts from taking over. It makes you manage your team finances and stability.
I agree. I think a salary cap keeps the league and players/agents in check. Otherwise the potential for all the big city/big money teams to grab every good player and leave the perverbial little guys in the leagues with nothing..is just all to real a possibility...IMO.
No Season, no teams, no league, no money. Is either side really going to be better off after this? It took baseball 6 years to recover from their last strike and that was "America's National Pastime". Can this league survive 5 or 6 years without a fan base? The advertisers won't pay big bucks to support a TV package without fans. The NHL may go the way of the USFL and the World football league.