Hockey Correspondent and Shakespeare Character, White Cover Magazine
It certainly wasn’t the fans, er, the customers. They got crushed, were wildly disrespected, and remain ultimately discounted in a battle of childish wits that took four months and the majority of the regular season to settle.
TSN’s Mike Johnson said the Players lost this lockout. They did, after all, concede in their revenue sharing debate. They’ll now only get 50% of the pie.
“There’s only one number that really counts and that’s the 50/50 because regardless of how you shuffle it around and what contract rights you keep or do not keep, you’re only going to get 50 percent of the revenue,” he said, according to TSN.ca. “So it doesn’t matter for the players if they the team spent too much, too little, 50 percent will always be coming to the players, that’s the big number.”
Johnson, though, is a former player. Looking through his obviously tinted glasses, 50/50 may seem like a major concession. However, every other league runs on a similar model. Johnson is looking at it from the stance of Who gave up and on which points?
But, he’s wrong. The players never deserved more than 50% of the NHL’s revenue.
You could say both sides ultimately lost. After all, there hasn’t been hockey for a long time. The players want to play, and the owners at the bottom of the league’s totem pole need that now-missed profit.
Sure, Toronto and Montreal and New York will be fine. But, St. Louis? Phoenix? Nashville?
Hell, they still need a Coke and a smile to get over this.
The truth is more in line with the wisdom spit by TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Snap judgments on who won and who lost don’t work right now. The ink is barely dry, if at all. We’ll have to wait and see, says Bob.
“Last time… we were 100 percent wrong,” he said. “After the last CBA was settled everybody said, The players got absolutely crushed, this is a mortifying deal for the NHL Players’ Association. Eight years later, the players would want to stay in the same CBA and would stay forever in it because they thought it was terrific. So you’ve got to be careful in these snap judgments.”
Amen, my burly brother. Amen.
*P.S. If you wanted the peasant’s approach to the Lockout, the Toronto Sun‘s Steve Simmons presents that for you:
“Players win, players always win, especially the guys who can play win,” Simmons said. “They’re back, they’re getting paid well. The biggest factor…is that second year cap that they (the league) basically stood on, said we’re not moving off this hill and Bill Daly was prepared to die on that hill. He didn’t die on that hill, he’s still alive and now hockey’s alive.”