NHL Lockout: Why Small-Market Owners Should Be Steering the Negotiations

October 5th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
Much like the NBA lockout last year, one of the goals during the current NHL work stoppage is to make a collective bargaining agreement that helps the financial strength of the smaller market teams, which is why the owners of these teams should be steering the negotiations.

We know that several of the large market owners such as Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs are driving the bus during these labor talks, but to achieve a deal that benefits all of the owners, the ones from small markets should have a significant impact on the creation of the proposals that the league makes to the NHLPA.

Until the league and its players figure out ways to help the large number of teams losing money (18 was the amount during the 2010-11 season according to Forbes.com), there is no chance a new CBA gets done any time soon.

For the NHL to work long-term in non-traditional and small markets, there has to be a method(s) in place to help these teams so they can remain financially stable off the ice and competitive on the ice.

As I've said before, the best plan to accomplish this goal is through a more effective revenue sharing model, which is what the players ...

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