Owners Need Talent, Talent Needs A Place To Play

He shoots, he scores!


Not one person ever has said "My favourite NHL moment was when Daryl Katz went top shelf on Craig Leipold.

--Reddit user Scratchyscratch, on the labor situation.

When the NFL players union went on strike in 1987, the owners decided to forge ahead without them. The league cancelled the first the weeks of the season, then brought in scabs for weeks 4-6. The owners thought the move would force the players to give in, but when the attendance numbers came in, the players and owners realized just how much the players controlled the situation

Attendance was off by 80-90% which wasn't enough to pay even the replacement players, let alone make any money. It's that base requirement - talented players to play the game at it's highest level - which invalidates the argument that the owners assume all of the risk, and without that assumption of risk the players' entire industry would not exist. The owners do take on risk, though it's been heavily mitigated by municipal contributions to build and finance arenas, but the owners need talent. The NFL's replacement player experiment demonstrated the average fan's willingness to watch inferior talent.

This entire exercise is about getting the most for your own, but it doesn't make one side greedier than the other. Until one side walks out or locks out, that is.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Copper & Blue

You must be a member of The Copper & Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Copper & Blue. You should read them.

Join The Copper & Blue

You must be a member of The Copper & Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Copper & Blue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker