It's not cheating, it's exploiting. :l
Plus stripping the teams with terrible GMs of their only decent players, is fun. Rick Nash for 2 shitty prospects and a second rounder, every time.
Last edited by Irony; 2012-08-16 at 04:06 AM.
You can tell WoW changed the MMO for good when players started complaining about the amount of time they sink, into a time sink.
Last edited by AceofHarts; 2012-08-16 at 04:28 AM.
The sport is slowly becoming too expensive for its fan base to attend, and I'm curious to see exactly when ticket sales start declining because of it. With the average ticket price exceeding $50 now (and the most expensive team over 100), it's getting a bit ridiculous.
"Look around you. We're all liars here, and every one of us is better than you" - PB
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That's really not the issue, part of the problem with revenue sharing in the NHL is that the teams with the highest revenue every year are propping up teams in terrible markets with no fans, like Florida, Phoenix, Long Island, Dallas and Columbus. Then you get teams like New Jersey who have no place to play in anymore and are apparently losing money, going out and spending money on salaries like Kovalchuck's, and we turn around and wonder what is wrong with the league. In a salary cap league, teams with huge financial incomes are forced to play by the same rules as the teams who are losing money or not making much profit. If the league didn't have a salary cap, teams with established fan bases would be spending like madmen because they can afford it. It works in baseball, the Yankees can build a winning team just by throwing money at whatever their problems are, why can't we have the same sort of thing in hockey? Or at least have a luxury tax, teams that want to spend over the cap should be allowed to do so and pay the penalty. It seems silly that the rich teams should have to suffer because of the poor teams. Most of the league is pretty healthy for ticket sales and revenue, the markets that are weak are in terrible places.
Personally, I'd like to see a real competitor emerge in North America at this point, supported by current NHL players, and put Bettman in his place. Players would be able to hold out until Bettman caved in to every single one of their demands.
Last edited by Greeney; 2012-08-16 at 11:00 PM.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for "the big help the small". If that doesn't happen take a look at the spanish soccer league, the two richest teams basically compete for the cup among themselves and everyone else is "also ran" with almost literally no chance of ever getting their hands on the trophy. They can just spend so ridiculously much money on players that they finish first and second almost every year, the last few years by a mile. That is something I never want to see in the NHL. I like equal opportunities, and I'm also a supporter of a team that recieves revenue sharing (Nashville).
But in my opinion there has to be a way for teams that actually earn a shitton of money to be able to put it to use. A soft cap with a (severe) luxury tax might be at least worth a shot, but I do not see that coming. Not with Booettman at the helm.
I don't mind a degree of revenue sharing to that there are a decent amount of teams in the league, but not when teams like NJ go out and pay Kovalchuk the most ridiculous contract in the NHL or when Minnesota goes out to sign Parise and Suter knowing it will come back to bite them in the ass. If a team can't pay their current player's salaries, they have no business spending the way a team like NJ is spending (again, I like NJ, but the Kovalchuk contract is nucking futs).
Last edited by Greeney; 2012-08-16 at 11:44 PM.
The difference is it allowed a team like Anaheim to win a cup in the first place rather than be a middle of the pack team for decades. A salary cap gives just about every team a chance of making the playoffs. The only teams right now I would heavily bet won't make the playoffs are Islanders, Blue Jackets, and Flames. The Salary Cap brings an important degree of parity to the league.Sure, it isn't fair for the weaker markets, but many of those weaker markets have had years, even decades to build championship teams. Look at Anaheim, they won the Cup and now are lost and plagued with their own problems. Edmonton has been tanking for years, same with the Islanders, and neither has managed a playoff birth in years and both had some pretty strong runs back in the 80's and 90's. Tanking doesn't work effectively and that is hard on the fans, spending extra money to get players wouldn't be such a bad thing to really make the league even more competitive.
I'm fine with going over the salary cap as long as it drastically hurts the team in the future. Putting the teams #1 draft pick into a lottery of teams that didn't go over the cap. The focus of the salary cap should be to create a balanced environment; Charging Rogers and Bell a few hundred thousand dollars each won't make a team like the Leafs hesitate at all to go past the cap ever.
I have absolutely no clue about NHL, but I know there's a danish guy on Vancouver Canucks named Jannik Hansen which used to live close to me when he was a child.
Can anyone tell me if he's just a bench player, a mediocre player, good player or a star in the NHL? As far as I know he's the best danish hocker player.
Last edited by Werrezer; 2012-08-18 at 11:21 AM.
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the Marlins were a binge and purge kind of organization, and they were most definitely on a free agent binge when they won the first championship
then they dumped all those expensive players for prospects, some of whom contributed directly to the second championship, a year when they also went and got a bit spendy before then dumping everybody again
so they aren't the best example when we're thinking about organizations that plug along and develop players with consistency rather than manic fervor
These money issues in pro sports are becoming so rediculous.
Hockey is my most beloved sport - I played it from instructional through high school...the last lockout was hell for me.
I just don't see why agreements are so difficult to come to - do it for the fans, we need hockey.