October 13, 2004

Blip on the Radar Dept.

TONIGHT, the valiant Boston Red Sox are locked in combat with the New York Yankees, and the third and final Presidential debate is being held in Arizona. Our question: given these events, is anyone paying attention to the National Hockey League lockout?

Apparently not. That's pretty pathetic when you think about it -- for if the baseball or football leagues had faced such an event, Americans would be wailing and rending their garments. It also speaks to the challenges facing the premier professional hockey league. Aside from the economics of it all, both the owners and players face the possibility that Americans -- especially casual fans -- will simply give up on hockey if the lockout carries on too long. And if that happens, everyone loses.

Hopefully, though, both sides will see reason eventually, and come up with an innovative revenue-sharing agreement that ensures both owners and players get their fair share. Personally, we like the idea of profit-sharing; that in addition to a reasonable base salary for players, they'd get a cut of total revenues above a certain agreed-upon point. It seems to us that'd make everyone on both sides work harder to make bank for a team.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at October 13, 2004 09:19 PM | TrackBack

I haven't paid much attention to NHL hockey since Booby Orr and Phil Esposito retired. On the other hand I have greatly enjoyed AHL hockey, particularly the Manchester Monarchs. Somehow I think that few will miss the NHL this season....

Posted by: DCE at October 14, 2004 07:41 AM

Fer' cryin' out loud.....That's Bobby Orr.

Sheesh, I gotta preview my comments before posting.

Posted by: DCE at October 14, 2004 07:42 AM

A good minor-league hockey game is definitely better than its major league counterpart, I think, in terms of actually going to see the game. Of course, I grew up with minor-league hockey back home, so I'm a bit biased; but there's something to be said for it. The athletes play well, and the ticket prices are generally cheap, and one can actually afford to buy stuff for one's family at the concessions. It's quite a concept.

Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at October 14, 2004 08:05 AM