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  •  Not a lot of sympathy, here. (0+ / 0-)

    The NHL lockout is, essentially, millionaires arguing with other millionaires (and billionaires) over money.  

    There are just less than 1000 players in the league, total, and the average (median) salary in the NHL, last year, was $2.45 million dollars (!).  Looking at some of the team payrolls is mind-boggling, especially considering the number of folks scraping to get by -- or, who have no job at all.

    I love hockey, and I've loved to play since I was old enough to skate.  But I've long since fallen out of love with the NHL -- especially when the league seemed to become less about hockey, and more about money.  

    I tend to follow the WHL in my neck of the woods.  It's good hockey.... and, the tickets are much cheaper.

    There be no shelter, here. The front line is everywhere.

    by Wisewood on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 09:32:44 PM PST

    •  Yeah yeah yeah. Do you think fans pay $$$$$... (5+ / 0-)

      ... to want owners own, or to watch players play?

      The players, believe it or not, have tremendously rare physical talent -- the ability to play hockey at a world-class level -- that millions of people will pay money to watch?

      What is the tremendously rare talent of the owners?

      Usually, it's winning the sperm derby.

      Oh yeah, it's also the ability to fuck taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars to build them free arenas.

      •  I don't think I implied... (0+ / 0-)

        ... that NHL players aren't talented.  I just pointed to the absurdity of their pay at that world-class level, considering all the other issues we've got going on.

        Besides, have you tried attending an NHL game, lately?  In my market, at least, a lot of middle-class folks - and families - are effectively priced out of the seats.

        There be no shelter, here. The front line is everywhere.

        by Wisewood on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:25:09 AM PST

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    •  Now, now (3+ / 0-)
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      SunsetMagnolia, Wisewood, Hastur

      This has been pointed out elsewhere upthread, but it bears repeating:  It doesn't matter what the size of the kitty is, labor exploitation is still labor exploitation.  Sure, the NHL players are no proletarians--- when you make 3 million a year, it's great.. but if you should be making 6, you're still getting ripped off.  And for what?

      Now, if you can't muster any sympathy for the players, you should muster some for other employees. Because, if employers can treat this kind of employee like this with no consequences--- employees with guaranteed contracts, public adoration, and agents representing them--- imagine how they can treat the rest of us.  

      Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

      by nominalize on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 05:01:40 AM PST

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      •  Don't need to imagine. (0+ / 0-)

        I can still remember the last time I paid $8 for a beer while at an NHL hockey game.  (That was a while ago -- apparently, it's $10 now)  :P  LOL

        There be no shelter, here. The front line is everywhere.

        by Wisewood on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:30:31 AM PST

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