September 19 2012 09:29AM
The 3.3 billion dollar question is: will the interest that NHL teams are paying their season ticket holders to keep their money on account, be sufficient to offset the inevitable drop in fan interest in the NHL as a product the longer the lockout continues? I'm pretty sure the answer is no. Except maybe in Minnesota, where the Wild are offering an astonishing 10% APR for fans that leave their money with the team.
Hmmm, that gives me an idea...
September 18 2012 01:07PM
Zack Stortini (5of7/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 2.0)
When the possibility of a lockout was still uncertain, KHL was looked at as the haven players would go to if all goes to hell. NHL’s nemesis took its time before announcing special criteria for foreign players willing to cross the Atlantic for a lockout shelter. You would assume KHL put us all on hold to come up with criteria that would really unsure that only top players could come.
They sure fooled us big time, didn’t they?
September 15 2012 10:57PM
Throughout the summer, even as the business of hockey appeared to be headed towards a stoppage of some sort, one constant has been teams attempting to extend their best young players before the current CBA ran out. Players like Jeff Skinner, Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin and others signed long term deals that would take them well into their UFA years, apparently operating under the belief that the deals teams were willing to make now might not be on offer come the resumption of business, whenever that might occur.
Here in Winnipeg, the Jets had just such a player in need of a deal, and tonight, after a summer where the fan base was wondering at least a little bit about that player's committment to the team and the city, Kevin Cheveldayoff seems to have gotten his man. Evander Kane has signed a six year deal that will pay him 31.5M over that span, for an AAV of 5.25M
September 15 2012 01:38PM
Today is September 15, the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHLPA. Tonight, barring an 11th-hour miracle, the league will lock out its players and begin yet another in a seemingly endless cycle of work stoppages.
If that happens, I have a promise to both sides.
September 14 2012 07:55PM
With all the hoopla surrounding the lockout on the horizon and the Economics of the arena dominating the news, the Sports Section looks more like the Business Section these days. Who doesn't love a riveting cost analysis diagram where there should be a breakdown of the Oilers training camp line up? And we would rather see an interview with Fehr and Bettman wearing rumpled suits and rumplier faces than the Nuge all sweaty and talking about skating any day.
Anywhoo, we thought we would pose a question as it relates to a conundrum for the Nation if this is how things are going to be. An entire article surrounding the economics of the Nation Network. On a Friday night with no hockey in sight. Bleak huh?