With the NHL lockout now in double-digit days, CBCSports.ca wants to help give fans a voice.
So until the game we love returns, we'll highlight one fan's take on the lockout each day from the posts we've received on Facebook, Twitter and the comments sections on CBCSports.ca.
Here's Wednesday's Fan Comment of the Day from CBCSports.ca user 8.4Litre Viper:
I really get the feeling that a lockout was accepted weeks ago, before any doors were actually locked. I mean the players basically said, we don't need to reduce our salaries, you need to manage your revenue better. To which the highly competitive, business oriented and anti-union owners responded, we keep our revenue untouched and, instead, we need to lessen the costs for struggling franchises."
Players see there has been a revenue increase as a whole despite a couple of debt-ridden franchises and think this is not their problem. We've done our job and the cap is doing its job. Why should we be punished with a reduced percentage?
The owners see their profits being impeded by loopholes in contracts and other weaker franchises. Why should they have to make less money because of that? Businesses don't like to share their money with other businesses. As much as the health of the league is beneficial to all, it really goes against the basic philosophy of capitalist thinking. The fact that they do it at all is surprising to me.
So really, Donald Fehr knew this would ruffle the egos of the owners who made their millions through probably ruthlessly competitive ideals. These are not social thinkers, they are generals who only really need to answer to themselves. The slight suggestion that they need to learn to share better amongst themselves is probably insulting.
So really, both sides are insulted. Not personally, but both definitely think the other side is trying to purposefully block them on questionable grounds. So it really does come down to pride and ego, and they are huge on both sides. The season is doomed.
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