obviously I agree--I look at it this way-- the teams I love have changed players a thousand times over, but I still love the team. Yes, it was devasting to see Archie Manning in a Viking or Oiler uniform, but here I am 30 years later, still an avid Saints fan
If the players would like to invest in the infrastructure and expense of a team and make a commitment to staying with a team, then I could see giving them a bigger percentage of the revenues, but they fought hard for free agency, so smaller revenue sharing is a price they pay.
I don't know about 50-50. If I own a business I am going to pay my employees what I think they are worth, and make as money as I can. I always used to side with the players in these standoffs, but now that they are millionaire prima donnas I look at the other side. The owner is the one risking hundreds of millions to put a team out there.
I know, I know, where would the game be without the players...? Simple, the same game with different players.
Hmmm, interesting ... humour me here ... contracts are a way business/owners predict/control future costs ... if they have to renegotiate every few years and/or have the unpredictable cost of reimbursing players who have a breakout season & perform above average, wouldn't they just then pass those costs onto the fans via higher ticket/concession prices?
I like the concepts of regulating length-of-contracts and salary tiers but just want to keep the owners from passing the bill down to the fans.
Add Pavel Datsyuk and Martin St. Louis to the list of NHL stars with preliminary plans to play overseas in the event of an NHL lockout.
Datsyuk, the Detroit Red Wings' star center, is leaning toward returning to Russia but will wait until the NHL-imposed Sept. 15 deadline to move forward with that plan. He played for HC Dynamo Moscow during the 2004-05 lockout.
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Well, Pavel Datsyuk (DET), Martin St. Louis (TB) and Evgeni Malkin (PIT) are making plans to play in the KHL next season ... start brushing up on your russian, gents ... I'm not worried from a B&G Hockey Group standpoint, we have already have a foreign correspondant in that time zone to keep us posted, eh FinSaint?