Monday, July 02, 2007

A league of their own

I used to love to watch highlights from the old days of sports. One of my favorites is a Vince Lombardi scene when he was pacing the sidelines for the Green Bay Packers. He's walking back and forth and sees another horrific mistake made by his team and screams out, "what the hell is going on out here!"

Right now, I'd like to borrow that line and give it to Gary Bettman and the NHL after the first day and a half of free agency,

I am trying to figure out why the NHL sat out the season two years ago only to cry poverty and explain how the league cannot go on the way it has. They need a new economic system was a rallying cry for owners. Hey Gary, after the NY Rangers spent 80 mil on two plays, what do you say about that great new system of yours?? Now that the Atlanta Thrashers and Nashville Predators are going to keep it to the lower end of the payroll scale - how's that going to sit in those cities? And if you are in the city of Brotherly Love - your suffering looks over soon thanks to a bunch of moves and spending some serious coin.

The NHL is a great product since the lockout. The rules changes are awesome for the game and the fans. But they have no real television contract and that won't change anytime soon. So unless you are a die hard fan - why would you even know or try to find Versus?

We are heading down a bad path again for the league as far as financials are concerned. And Gary, don't gimme the economic crap anymore. These owners and general managers know exactly what's up. Some can make the money with the higher payrolls and others can't and adjust to it.

So it's a league of haves and have not's once again. Glad we wasted a year to solve this problem.

1 comment:

Gil Wolchock said...

We will still have that suffering look...we are Philadelphians after all