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NHL is shooting itself

May 29, 2005 | Jabberwocky

So ESPN reports that it is not picking up its $60M option to retain some exclusive rights for next years hockey season. It has declined further comment but promises a clarification in the coming week.

I don’t like it. No matter how you look at it, from the player’s side or the owner’s side, there’s not enough money going into the NHL, and in taking this long to settle the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement they’ve up and lost a ton of money.

I can only imagine what advertising premiums they’re gonna lose as well. Not to mention fan support. The only reason I had any kind of extended Cable TV coverage was to get hockey, but now I think I may have learned to live without it. I used to love to watch hockey. The love / hate relationship with the Avalanche was a hard thing but overall was a lot of fun and on the whole Hockey is a fast and very dynamic game to watch. I don’t miss it anymore. I think that might be a bad thing.

Ah, maybe I’m just grumpy ’cause I missed an entire season of Hockey, but I honestly care more about seeing good games this upcoming season than I do about seeing big names on the roster.

We learned last few years that high priced teams don’t mean squat. The cups have gone to hungry teams not to the top talent. This tells me that the players don’t care as much about being on the best team as they do about who pays them more. And with teams out there like the Rangers who will just throw money around willie nillie we’ll continue to have a salary problem.

The players and the owners need to police themselves and keep it reasonable. I hope they do figure something out – I’d like to be able to afford to go to a few games when I regain interest in hockey.

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  • Sports salaries are ridiculous, period. $1 million to a guy that waves his arm and tells a guy to run around a base? That’s wrong. The Bo-Sox head coach makes $550k a year… That’s still a bit much, but reasonable. Joe Torrie (Yankees Head Coach) makes something like 10 or 20 times that much.

    Ri. Dic. U. Lous.

    Joey B., May 29, 2005 2:03 am | permalink

  • Gip, I’ve noticed a severe reduction in my television watching as a direct result of the NHL’s stupidity. The past few years, I’ve enjoyed watching the Wild so much that as a result I’d tune in for whatever hockey games I could find just to satisfy the fix. Subsequently, I’d also watch basketball games that would be on before/after/during the hockey. Not only that, SportsCenter would be a perpetual presence in my apartment as well. Now, with no hockey, the TV rarely turns on, basketball is completely unappealing, and I haven’t watched SportsCenter regularly since, well, last year. Am I going to watch again if/when the NHL comes back? Probably. Will I have as much enthusiasm for it? No. Will I watch as much other TV? I hope not. Stupid hockey.

    Joey, as long as humans (don’t limit sports salary rants to the US. Soccer players in Europe are as well-paid as any athletes anywhere) enjoy watching sport, sports stars will make a lot of money. Is A-Rod’s $20M/year salary outrageous? Absolutely. Would it have been worth it had the Rangers won a World Series? Ask any Rangers fan and I bet the answer would have been "yes." As a Twins fan, it absolutely pisses me off that the Yankees and other large-market teams have such an incredible advantage over smaller spenders, but as a free-market society, it’s all a result of the demand of the consumer.

    joel schou, May 31, 2005 7:28 pm | permalink

  • I agree with joel on this 100%

    alden, June 3, 2005 1:51 pm | permalink

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