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Burke's 'fiery rant' highlights Wednesday agenda

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08:20 AM ET 08.26 | Brian Burke infused some of his own verbal truculence Wednesday in Toronto. One of seven panelists on the topic of a "global event agenda" at the world hockey summit on Wednesday, Burke delivered a fiery rant on the various hardships international competition puts on players and the league itself. "Our players don't get paid when they go to these tournaments," Burke said. ... "I've been the GM of four U.S. teams at the world championships, and I love the tournament. I hope we always go ... [but] our players don't get anything. I think they got $1,000 for 22 days of work last year. They got one business-class ticket to bring over their wife, or a parent, or a brother -- they didn't bring their families over unless they reached into their own pockets and paid for it. These guys are volunteers. Everyone makes money off of these tournaments except the players."

The Globe and Mail

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August 26, 2010  08:40 AM ET

IT'S HERE: BRIAN BURKE UGLY AVATAR DAY

I call this one - Brian and all his friends.

August 26, 2010  08:50 AM ET

This would obviously be a good site for official avatar contest posting. That way our esteemed judge, Sir Argos of To***to, doesn't have to surf all the threads.

August 26, 2010  09:13 AM ET

B.S. Brian...the players who play in these tournaments can afford to bring over half of their flippin families if they wanted to and would hardly feel the financial hit. I don't buy or even rent that argument. Maybe they should fly coach and then they could have someone else fly with them.

August 26, 2010  09:15 AM ET

Is it fair to consider BB as Don Cherry, Jr. now?

August 26, 2010  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Is it fair to consider BB as Don Cherry, Jr. now?

He'd like to be Phantom but some people outside of the Greater To***to Area actually like Don Cherry.

August 26, 2010  09:26 AM ET

Brian working hard at the draft this Spring.

August 26, 2010  09:28 AM ET

"Everyone makes money off of these tournaments except the players." Last time I checked I didn't make anything from these tournaments. It cost me money to buy the ticket, the food, parking and everything else that surrounded the tournament but still, last time I looked I didn't see a check in my mail from being a spectator at the tournament there Brian....

August 26, 2010  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He'd like to be Phantom but some people outside of the Greater To***to Area actually like Don Cherry.

He's got the wacky quotes bit down pat.

August 26, 2010  09:32 AM ET

I call this one "Godlike"

August 26, 2010  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Brian working hard at the draft this Spring.

Love it

August 26, 2010  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Love it

Uhhh...had this one for days now...sorry.

August 26, 2010  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Uhhh...had this one for days now...sorry.

Sorry-never saw it...I'll have to find another one....there's lots out there.....

August 26, 2010  09:48 AM ET

b-f-f's

August 26, 2010  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Uhhh...had this one for days now...sorry.

Forgive him, Holiness. He knew not what he did! BTW, both good ones, yours and shop smart's new one!

August 26, 2010  09:58 AM ET

IF the IIHF and Olympics make money off these players they should at least be flying the players families over there.

August 26, 2010  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Brian working hard at the draft this Spring.

LOL I guess when your first pick is #43 you do have work hard.

August 26, 2010  10:06 AM ET

If I were them I could care less about dropping 50k on a the biggest hockey event in your career when you can have a sponsor pay for your expenses and especially when your one of the favorites to win a gold medal.

August 26, 2010  10:15 AM ET

International tournaments playing for your country are supposed to be done on a volunteer basis. Remember all the fuss made when the Soviets paid their players? That a loudmouth American has to show his butt and make it clear that he does not understand this, is embarrassing to this country. Just reinforces the view of the ugly, greedy American.

August 26, 2010  10:17 AM ET

Ok, there is an unemployment rate of 9.5% and we are still digging out of a recession and all BB can think of is that millionaire athletes are so inconvenienced that they have to fly business class and need to pay to bring over family. All to play a game. Well, when I go somewhere for business, it ain't business class and I don't get to bring any family. Might not be a good time for this kind of discussion.

 
August 26, 2010  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Ok, there is an unemployment rate of 9.5% and we are still digging out of a recession and all BB can think of is that millionaire athletes are so inconvenienced that they have to fly business class and need to pay to bring over family. All to play a game. Well, when I go somewhere for business, it ain't business class and I don't get to bring any family. Might not be a good time for this kind of discussion.

Not only that, but in all honesty, what do they do that contributes to society. I would rather pay a doctor or a teacher or someone who contributes to society as a whole big bucks then these self-indulgent, self-serving, arrogant "professional" athletes. and that ladies and gentlemen is the rant from this section.

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