Tick, tick, tick

- September 6th, 2012

That’s what it feels like: The clock is ticking.
The CBA is set to expire in nine days. There are no talks.
I’m not sure Gary Bettman gets it.
This isn’t what anybody wants. A third lockout in less than 20 years, I think it’s crazy if it happens.
Neither side looks great in this but I think Bettman is putting the NHL at risk. I’m not convinced every owner is behind him but he doesn’t need them all anyway to have a lockout.
I’m trying to figure out what system is right.
The NHL wanted a salary cap and they got it.
Now they want more.
What is more? Less revenues for the players.
Many believe the framework is in place for a deal because the CBA that already exists has been working at growing revenues.
The players and owners are supposed to be partners.
They aren’t acting this way in negotiations.
But if they lock the doors, make no mistake this will be Bettman’s decision with the backing he needs from the governors.
Can’t believe it will happen.
Time is ticking away.
ONE LAST THING: Whoever is bringing Double-A baseball to Ottawa needs their heads examined.
This just sounds like a bad idea.
Triple-A failed here. I believe the Ottawa FatCats fill whatever need there is for baseball.
This one is doomed for failure. I know I’d choose a CFL game over baseball in a minute.

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10 comments

  1. Mike8888 says:

    With no talks going on right now, it looks like the lock out will happen. It appears that the NHL just wants the players to capitulate again. IF Fehr likes to compare the NHL with other pro leagues so much, then why doesn’t he compare the NHL with the NFL, and their non-guaranteed contacts?

  2. ChokerHater says:

    you’ll be all happy to know, that if the NHL goes on strike, I become an NFL fan, for good, and the NHL, Bettman and the players can all go to hell
    I did it with baseball, I’ll do it with the NHL
    See, it’s not just Heatly that is gready, it’s all of them

  3. Bobby Goodman says:

    I am lost and confused (and that is easy to do). We have billionaire owners who want more but grant more. We have kids being paid millions to “play” but want more. Neiother give a damn for the ordinary Joe. We pay Canadian dollars to federal politicians whose sole purpose is serving Quebec and separation. The nation is bilingual to pacify and unilingual French Quebec. We celebrate eJack Layton and I don’t know why? He did speak mandarin and loved a good massage. We make Icons of anything Turdeau. One was a brilliant but arrogant lawyer who loved to spend his fathers mult-millions travelling the world and befriending ruthless dictators. He also loved to spend our tax dollars and was the author of our foreign debt with unprecidented deficit spending. He authored anti-semitic plays in University and wouldn’t even fight for the coutnry he so loved. The other, his son, is a Drama Teacher and a drama queen. He doesn’t recognize Canada but he does recognize his beloved Quebec and their: debt, corruption, racism, equalization payments, language police, unemployment et al.

    Yep…I am lost and confused.

  4. Potter says:

    Yes, the owners got the cap last time but IMHO they made two major errors. First, they didn’t foresee the rise of the Canadian dollar to parity, which has been great for the Canadian teams but does little for the weak sisters of the league. The oft-quoted 50% rise in league revenue since ’05 is actually not that impressive when you consider that at least a third of it is due to currency increase, which is not likely to be repeated (unless you believe our dollar is going to $1.25). Second, they set up the “floor” wrong, making it a fixed amount rather than a percentage below the cap. As a result, the floor is far too high: it was 59% of the cap in 2005, but this year was going to be 77% of the cap, causing teams to spend money they don’t have to make the floor and artificially raising salaries in the process. The problem has always been, and probably always will be, not in paying the stars too much (they actually drive ticket sales) but in paying middle-of-the-road players too much.

    I am not so pessimistic about a deal getting done, they are not looking at fundamental change just a fiddling with the numbers, but it looks like Bettman and a few of the hard-line owners want to see the players miss a paycheque or two before they will feel they have the best deal they could get.

  5. Potter says:

    On another note, great to reminisce about the Summit Series, but I hadn’t heard the story before of how the Russians claimed victory for themselves, having defeated Canada by a cumulative total of 32 goals to 31. Ha, ha, hilarious, but it does point out the importance, at the start of the competition, of declaring whether it is match-play or stroke-play, no?

  6. S. Wolf says:

    Yeah, definitely, A CFL team would be a much better bet than baseball in this city. It isn’t, after all, as if an Ottawa football team ever went bankrupt, or left the city or … oh, wait …

  7. Bobby Goodman says:

    I hear thee Choke and feel the same ….but, when push comes to shove, I canni help myself, I will wach again but I wont have to like it!!!!!!

  8. Mike8888 says:

    Mike, your handle and email were still on this page when I read the blog…..

  9. Bobby Goodman says:

    Potts, you are very smrt!

    I remember the summit series…I took the day off school to watch it with my peeps. I remember the passion I had for the team but not necessarily all the players (there were a few who did not belong). The only reason the series was close is because back in those days the NHL players were fat and out of shape at training camp and worked themselves into condition by the end of Novemver. Many smoked and drank. The Ruskies were very disciplined and in top shape as members of the military. If my memory serves, and most of the time it does not, I bleieve Derek Sanderson declined an invitiation to play because Bobby Hull was not invited to play. That too bugged the hell out of me. Clark breaking Varlamov’s ankle was a disgrace…I wanted to beat them with skill and not with Broad Street Bully tactics.

    I am now readig some articles about Henderson being in the Hall of Fame…this is silly.

  10. Luc says:

    I wish Donald Fehr would step up and say what needs to be said. “The NHL has a problem.” That problem is directly related to the NHL still owning the Phoenix Coyotes two years since they were rescued from Balsilly. You have some very big market teams and some very small market teams. Reducing the players take to 49% or 53% is a band-aid solution. Three years from now those small market teams would be in the same position and the NHL would need to claw back more revenue from the players. Fehr presented a real solution to the problem which involves revenue sharing. Maybe then the NHL and the other big owners would be motivated in moving and selling the team from Phoenix because its bleeding a ton of cash. Bottom line is the NHL has a problem, Bettman’s solution doesn’t fix the problem, kudos to the players for addressing the problem.

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