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(CBC)   NHL salary cap going up. In other news, there are apparently people paid to play something called "hockey"   (cbc.ca) divider line 25
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2007-06-30 12:03:07 AM
Let's don't be fatuous, Jeffrey. The NHL posted some monster ratings this year.
 
2007-06-30 01:51:41 AM
I believe the NHL also set attendance records this year as well.

I don't really see the big deal about the cap going up at all really. There is a cap floor of $34 million that teams have to spend on salary. A team spending league minimum can still be competitive. The last 2 cup champs were $9 million off of the league's top spender. Hell, Pittsburgh had a payroll of like $26 million and they made it to the playoffs!

In 05/06 there were 16 teams within $10 million of the top spending team.

In 06/07 despite the cap going up, there were 19 teams within $10 million of the top spender.

Even though there was an increase in the cap, more teams were closer to each other for spending. That is a great thing for the league.

Since the cap is tied to revenues, once the league revenue's stabilize, the cap will too.
 
2007-06-30 01:53:27 AM
In even other news, subby is a fag.
 
2007-06-30 03:44:09 AM
And come tomorrow Colorado will have about $16 million to spend. And you know they will, too.
 
2007-06-30 03:44:55 AM
Katalyst: I don't really see the big deal about the cap going up at all really. There is a cap floor of $34 million that teams have to spend on salary.

The potential issue isn't that the cap is going up, but the speed at which it's going up. Having a salary floor is a good idea, but if the cap keeps jumping like it has, even keeping up with the minimum could start to strain some franchise's finances. I know revenue sharing is there to help that, but the higher the floor goes the more money needs to be taken from the self sustaining franchises to feed the money losing teams.

The cap's got to go up, no argument, but maybe they should look at a different way of relating the salary floor to it, rather than an arbitrary range. Like a percentage system - the minimum allowable team salary must be equal to 60% of the maximum allowable team salary.
 
2007-06-30 04:50:04 AM
I am leaning towards Briere going to Philly - he fills their need for a top forward/center and there's the Buffalo connection in Philly with goalie Martin Biron and Don Luce (who drafted Briere, if I recall correctly... or they have some connection at least).

But there was also rumours that Philly would try for Vanek?
 
2007-06-30 07:46:38 AM
Ah, yes. The sport where national TV coverage of important playoff games is preempted for horse racing in the USA.

Bettman sucks sweaty donkey balls.
 
2007-06-30 07:54:38 AM
Flashman73: Don Luce (who drafted Briere, if I recall correctly... or they have some connection at least).

No, Briere was drafted by Phoenix. He was traded to Buffalo in 2003 for (hehe) Chris Gratton. What a steal that trade was.

But there was also rumours that Philly would try for Vanek?

I highly doubt that Philly would be willing to part with the five 1st round picks in compensation it would surely take to sign Vanek to an offer sheet as an RFA.

I know everyone is eager to go after all of Buffalo's free agents, but let's not get carried away.
 
2007-06-30 08:31:27 AM
Didn't Bettman say something like hockey is alive and well in Southern California? I'm sure all you folks in San Jose can confirm this.

This is a special time of year here in Southern Ontario, a time when the Leafs trade two first round draft picks for some 38 year old guy who has had 7 concussions.
 
2007-06-30 08:54:12 AM
Hey maybe my undrafted free agent ass will get picked up if they have money. To any scouts reading this I'm like Lidstrom, only more godlike.

Really I only want to play and win an award so I can cross check Bettman on national TV at the awards ceremony. Might as well since he only seems to hand out one gamers these days.
 
2007-06-30 09:09:05 AM
the cap won't get much higher. smart money is that it might roll back a little at some point if the t.v. audience (or lack thereof) isn't addressed. Nashville's attendance is likely to plummet, which can't help.
 
2007-06-30 09:21:52 AM
Chastain86 and Katalyst:

Attendance may be up, but TV ratings are down down down. Pro leagues make much of their money from their TV deals. The NHL has a craptastic TV deal.

It's no surprise, given that viewership for this year's all star game was off by more than 75% from previous years. And the TV ratings for the Cup Finals have never been lower than this year.

So no wonder game attendance is up: people can't find the games on TV in the U.S.
 
2007-06-30 11:05:47 AM
They cut off season ticket sales in Pittsburgh recently. The waiting list was getting out of hand. Good for you, Pens fans.

/never thought I'd say that
//Go Bruins
///God help me
 
2007-06-30 12:54:50 PM
Actually, the NHL is one of the few professional sports that can survive mainly on gate revenue. Back in the early 50's, the NFL was struggling mightily because it couldn't support itself on gate revenue alone. That's why TV is so essential to football - no TV, no money for NFL.

But of course, that is why NHL ticket prices have gotten to an absurd point since it is their lifeblood. While everyone makes a big deal about the shiatty TV deal, the NHL can survive a few more years without a great one, but no more than about another 3-4 I would say. Better get back to ESPN very shortly.
 
2007-06-30 03:25:49 PM
why does nhl exist...

/get off my tv.
//oh, wait.... click.
 
2007-06-30 04:15:40 PM
I'm going to guess that Katalyst didn't realize that Chastain86 was A. being sarcastic or B. reporting from Bizarro world. The NHL has worse TV ratings than Serenity. Their recent playoffs set record lows for viewership that may never be approached.
 
2007-06-30 04:52:41 PM
NHL revenues are going to be way up again next year guys, Every team is changing to the new RBK jerseys. Many of the teams have new logos so merchandise sales will be through the roof. As long as the fiasco in Nashville doesn't destroy that franchise's contributions I would expect a $5M+ bump again next year.

char-boy:
The NHL makes most of their money from attendance, not TV, so the ratings don't mean squat when it comes to the cap. Every football fan watches the superbowl, not every hockey fan watches the stanley cup finals. Hockey fans in the US tend to only care about their team. We haven't grown the sport in the US, only cultivated fans for the specific teams.
 
2007-06-30 05:51:43 PM
costermonger

The cap's got to go up, no argument, but maybe they should look at a different way of relating the salary floor to it, rather than an arbitrary range. Like a percentage system - the minimum allowable team salary must be equal to 60% of the maximum allowable team salary.

I thing think that is a great idea.

And I do realize the cap is going up much higher than most expected. But as a Pens fan, I love it!! hehe
 
2007-06-30 05:57:47 PM
Yep. Only the most gifted athletes in all the world!

Try playing pick-up football, then baseball, then basketball...then strap on some skates and try and play hockey.
 
2007-06-30 08:52:15 PM
I call bullshiat. NFL salary cap is going up because the revenue is going up.

NHL revenue is hurting.

Unless the players are trying to fleece whatever they can from the dying NHL network.
 
2007-06-30 09:45:03 PM
Didn't Bettman say something like hockey is alive and well in Southern California? I'm sure all you folks in San Jose can confirm this.

Check you map, friend; San Jose is in northern California.
 
2007-06-30 10:46:06 PM
nabbyfan: Didn't Bettman say something like hockey is alive and well in Southern California? I'm sure all you folks in San Jose can confirm this.

Check you map, friend; San Jose is in northern California.


Yeech Cali is Cali...the cup should never go where it doesn't snow..

/bitter Sabres fan
 
2007-06-30 10:59:17 PM
Submitter sucks donkey balls. Thank you.
 
2007-07-01 12:34:39 AM
They cut off season ticket sales in Pittsburgh recently. The waiting list was getting out of hand. Good for you, Pens fans.

The only reason they sell tix now is because of boy wonder. Empty seats pre-lockout.
 
2007-07-01 01:09:43 AM
The point is that they are selling tickets. A 19 year old kid is putting asses in the seats and will, hopefully continue to do so for many years to come.
 
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