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Canada, ON • Canada • 50 Years Old • Male
Here's a short blog about something that peaked my interest. A viewpoint from someone with a keen mind for business who has not been following the CBA shenanigans. My Dad.

My father followed hockey in the 70s but lost interest by the time I really got into it. I think the focus of building his business, raising a family and being an awesome father consumed his time. My father sold a successful business that he had built from the ground up and retired comfortably at 55.

We went out to dinner with the family last night. My wife was busy chatting with my mother in the back seat while my Dad and I chatted up front. My father said to me "I heard the owners eased up and offered the players a 50-50 split. Sounds like a good deal". I told him that was the source of the problem. The NHL players consumed 57% of revenues last year and the owners were trying to correct that. He was shocked. He asked if that 57% included shares of revenue. I answered that was the share of revenue profit or loss. So, asking for clarification, he asked if these salaries were tied in any way to profit/loss and wether any costs were absorbed by the players. Without getting too complicated about escrow payments I answered these were pretty much guaranteed contracts with no real risk tied to revenues. I commented that labour at 57% must be a challenge for the owners. He returned 50% is far to high a number to commit to labour. He couldn't have built his business successfully if labour had absorbed that much of his cost structure.

This was a simple conversation that punctuated the real problem the NHL is facing. It's players feel a grossly inflated sense of entitlement. They don't want to trim a dollar from their share and "grow" into a 50-50 split with the owners. This is absolutely absurd. Donald Fehr has empowered this union to levels never seen before. This all adds up to a potential disaster for this season. It already has. This last round of talks seemed encouraging but it appears the players are not budging an inch. This current crop of players are starting to plant a very bad taste in my mouth. This doesn't bode well for my interest in hockey going forward.
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November 12, 2012 1:49 PM ET | Delete
The players are bunch of jack asses. Anyone who thinks or thought this was a buisness model that would work(from the players stand point) is a little dense. These players need to wake up and be happy for what they have.
November 12, 2012 2:04 PM ET | Delete
pretty sure that no one will pay money to be entertained by any employee of your dad's business...there's very little correlation between the "real world" and professional sports...besides, the nhlpa agreed to 50/50, which is par for the course in pro sports...it's a matter of when that split is met
November 12, 2012 2:07 PM ET | Delete
as for captainmjl above...really?..when will the owners reign in their stupidity (dipietro, gomez, etc.) and cannabalism (flyers/preds, weber offer-sheet)...and, this was the business model that the owners proposed in 2004...who are the jack-asses?
November 12, 2012 2:08 PM ET | Delete
November 12, 2012 11:24 PM ET | Delete
Fair enough b0s0o1. So if fans pay to see the players play and they stink out the joint can they ask for their money back? And if they do get it back who pays for that. The players? Yeah right.
November 14, 2012 8:44 AM ET | Delete
Well said b0s0o1. FuzE_gus ask your father if any of his employees had a unique and specialized skill set that generated billions in revenue for his company? Fans paying for a ticket are paying to see a Hockey game. There is no guarantee that comes with that, that ensures they will see a quality game. Let's deal in reality.
November 14, 2012 2:45 PM ET | Delete
November 14, 2012 3:39 PM ET | Delete
November 15, 2012 12:38 PM ET | Delete
Unique or special skill? What's so special and unique about what they do? They play hockey in the best league in the world with a platform for development and competition financed by the owners!
November 16, 2012 9:37 PM ET | Delete
What's so special and unique about what they do? Seriously? Do you think there are a bunch of people that are currently not in the NHL, that have the skill level to play Hockey as well as the players in the NHL do? Your response is mind boggling. Ask yourself a question. What makes it the best League in the World? It couldn't possibly be the players on the ice could it?
November 23, 2012 6:45 PM ET | Delete
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