tfrizz wrote:joopen wrote:"Why is this professional sports league different from all other professional sports leagues?"
IMO it's because the owners expect to see profits on par with the NFL, MLB, and/or NBA; and the players expect to be compensated appropriately for their part in the grand scheme of things, but the reality is... there isn't enough money to go around, and if we're going to see work stoppages every time a CBA expires then there never will be.
There is finally ground to stand on together. This is not the NFL, MLB, or NBA. The players are compensated better (proportionally) than in all the other leagues. The only one that doesn't have either non-guaranteed contracts or a contract limit is MLB. The NBA has contract limits but guaranteed contracts. The NFL has non-guaranteed contracts but no limit. Then players want the MLB structure. We see how well that works out for the have-nots. The owners do need to help themselves. They are not blameless. Revenue sharing was a big part of this at the beginning. The combination of reducing players share and sharing more revenue creates a healthier league. The NHL owners aren't asking for profits like the NFL or MLB or NBA. They are asking just to make *some* money or at the minimum not lose large chunks of it. The NHL owners know what has to happen to make the league more viable, long-term. The players are in the phone booth with the cash floating all around them, grabbing as much as they can but in the process are snatching $1s instead of looking down and seeing the stack of $100s laying at their feet.