Fuckin’ League

Yup… apparently the 24% salary cut proposed by the NHLPA wasn’t enough for the league. The league rejected the NHLPA’s offers for concessions today. What a bunch of fucktards.

Basically, they’re saying: “We want cost certainty because we don’t know how to run a business on a budget.” That’s the main point of King Kaufman’s article today over on Salon.

Unfortunately, I think he’s hit the nail on the head here, folks.

Program Note: Due to fiscal irresponsibility and a profound lack of personal accountability, there will never ever be another premier professional hockey league in North America. Thanks to all the fans for paying exorbitant ticket prices and putting up with $7 beers over the last decades. It’s been fun. But, fuck you… I seem to have misplaced my wallet…

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3 thoughts on “Fuckin’ League

  1. without players on the ice, how do team owners make any money? I understand not wanting to just give in but, don’t professional sports team owners need professional sports teams playing?

  2. More times than not, the franchise owners also own the venues. So, they’ll make some money from use of the arena alone… beit gun shows, other indoor sports, concerts, etc. There’s also got to be some kind of *additional* tax break that the owners qualify for, which they can tack on to offsetting losses and other funky-bunch accounting tricks which they’re already touting as the impetus behind this bullshit.

    Plus, they don’t have to pay the salaries and insurance premiums right now… which–given last season’s situation–is probably more of an outlay of cash than they’d have made if hockey was on right now anyway. That much makes sense.

    That Bettman has somehow convinced all the owners to drink his fucked-up Kool-Aid… even when the players’ union went way the fuck out on a limb to get this shit over with… is flabbergasting. Dubya-syndrome: Never waver.

    I think King Kaufman is right: They’re trying to bust the union at any cost, immediate or otherwise, at the ultimate expense of the sport. Just so happens that the “ultimate” isn’t too far in the future.

    Sad, really.

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