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> some of your stuff is pretty good.>>>
Thanks, but I will settle for here and HF. Personally I think ten
knowledgeable fans could replace all the local hockey writers
tomorrow and do a better job. Even folks lacking writing skills with
some energy who are not total homers of the teams they cover could do
far better job. Part of the reason no one talks hockey in this area,
IMHO is because the people who cover our games do not seem to care
Three teams in this area and at this time of year with all that's
going on, there is almost nothing to write?
> Got to meet Bates' father the other day. He works acroos the
street from me. Kinda makes you realize what a small world this is
Yes. You never know. That must have been fun?
> As far as a lockout is concerned Im starting to wonder. With all
this lack of player movement I wonder if the owners are just gonna
let it go and do the smart thing....... Budget themselves. REally,
in the end arent they the ones handing out the ridiculouse contracts?
I think the game will shutdown. It really has to when teams are
charging this much for tickets and salaries are this high for a
watered-down product. You can really eliminate most of the players in
the league aside from the top 50 and most casual fans would not
notice. You look at the next generation (Thornton, Iginla) and there
is so little buzz about them because of years of only covering big
names in big markets that television does not care.
And we see the little signs from everywhere that this game is
losing more and more ground against other sports. Faceoff.com and TSN
decided to stop covering individual teams in cyberspace and just go
with associated press.
And who knows what ESPN will offer (if anything)for hockey.
Bottom line, the problems are closing in from all sides.
> If anything shouldnt Bettmen get canned for this mess? hes the
one responsible for this mess anyway. If anything needs to change its
how this league decides whos qualified to own what teams. Who
approved Spano, Gluckstern and milstein? What other pro sports
leagues do you see shit like that happen?>>>
I cannot put it all at Bettman, nothing is perfect. He deserves
blame but in 1994-95 people wanted hockey games. He is an agent for
the owners and did what they wanted at the time. Problem is owners
come and go, big markets look to get rich quick, so they create a
market for what's happened and do not care about what previous owners
were doing for the long-term business.
As for our former owners, Spano was sloppy work by the league and
the system had to change things because of it. It easy to put it all
at Bettman, but if I live to be two hundred years old, I will never
understand how a man with a family and a reported true net worth of
two million would throw away his life and go to prison to do what he
I think the league hands franchises to people because they cannot
run teams (Buffalo) long-term and stay in business.
If people come forward with the financial credentials (Milstein-
Gluckstern) and there is no competition for a team what is the league
supposed to do? Golisano is doing this for a community, kind of how
Wang decided to buy our team.
Folks forget Steve Gluckstern was a popular co-owner in Phoenix
and they paid Roenick and never had a problem. He came here, the
money man (Milstein) saw he had no deal with Nassau and wanted out
when he could not hang his new scoreboard/seem-less glass that cost
more than Ziggy's contract. After that the team was officially on
Milstein found out what Wang and Kumar knew from day one and that
is Nassau County/Smg will never do a thing for the Islanders and will
take money from everything they make.
For now, the current ownership reports losses of 50 million in
three years and 23 million last year.
> Whenever salaries go up the way they have in this league or
anyother buissness eventually there is gonna be a problem. Its
> always just a matter of time.>>>
And unless something is done it will be like baseball. Hundred
million dollar teams vs teams with half the payroll. I stopped being
a fan of either local team because of it.