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08:24 AM ET 09.25 | It seems to many fans that players and owners are somewhat logically heading toward a 50-50 split, even if it's not that easy. You have to believe the owners will eventually gravitate toward accepting 50-50 as well, but right now the hardliners are simply not willing to go there. Those hardliners, we presume, include commissioner Gary Bettman and the owners whose teams are better off with no games being played than they would be if the season were a go. Owners in bad markets ... have reportedly hijacked this entire process and are not willing to entertain a moderate deal. At the same time, there are plenty of owners who want to get a deal done and are willing to come to a compromise, but at this point it seems their voices are not being heard.

The Winnipeg Sun

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September 25, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Owners in bad markets..........looks like there will be a lot of bad markets if this lockout goes for a long time....even the hard nosed die hard fan up north will be slow to come back to the fold.....down here in the south, we have the sunshine and outdoors to fill up our extra time....

September 25, 2012  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Owners in bad markets..........looks like there will be a lot of bad markets if this lockout goes for a long time....even the hard nosed die hard fan up north will be slow to come back to the fold.....down here in the south, we have the sunshine and outdoors to fill up our extra time....

so...the owners in bad markets, (read: the stupid places The Dwarf has put teams) are "hijacking this process"...and this comes a surprise to exactly whom? Does anyone still think that he is just a mouthpiece for the owners...

hey Bettman, we have a deal for you...we'll all chip in and give back all the lunch money that was obviously taken from you as a kid, (hence your need to look tough and powerful even though you're nothing but a little jerk) and you give US back OUR GAME...fair deal?

September 25, 2012  09:18 AM ET

"Moderate owners being silenced"

Oh .... is the Winnipeg Sun going to inject politics into this now? Could they at least tell us who the right wing nuts and the left wing Kool Aid drinkers of the NHL are? How about the moderates? Who are they? Too many unanswered questions here.

September 25, 2012  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

...hey Bettman, we have a deal for you...we'll all chip in and give back all the lunch money that was obviously taken from you as a kid, (hence your need to look tough and powerful even though you're nothing but a little jerk) and you give US back OUR GAME...fair deal?

nice spiny

September 25, 2012  10:41 AM ET

So, this is basically coming down to owners in bad markets wanting more revenue sharing and owners in good markets resisting it.

September 25, 2012  11:21 AM ET

This story is childishly written. If the owners were not overwhelmingly in favor of a lockout..............there wouldn't be a lockout. Do all 30 owners support the same thing? I'm sure the answer is no. The Dwarf doesn't act without majority ownership support however. When he fails to get it, they'll either hire someone else or order him to settle. Fehr is not without sin either. I said many times when he was hired you could bet your bottom dollar there would either be a strike or a lockout. He couln't settle without proving how tough he was first. Neither side is 100% right or 100% wrong but both sides are simply trying to look like they're being treated badly by the other. I no longer care.

September 25, 2012  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

So, this is basically coming down to owners in bad markets wanting more revenue sharing and owners in good markets resisting it.

and I can't say I blame them...it's not for the Rangers/Flyers, etc. of the world to save Bettman's sorry tuchas by supporting Phoenix

September 25, 2012  11:29 AM ET

Who is who among the owners? Where, for example, is Mike Illich? His Wings are big fish in a smaller pond. He's a businessman and I'm sure would like the money. He's also smart enough to realize that the money is quite limited if there are no games. Which side does he, or other owners, come down on?

September 25, 2012  11:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Who is who among the owners? Where, for example, is Mike Illich? His Wings are big fish in a smaller pond. He's a businessman and I'm sure would like the money. He's also smart enough to realize that the money is quite limited if there are no games. Which side does he, or other owners, come down on?

I say the "big boys" should put an ultimatum to Bettman and The Minions....

September 25, 2012  11:39 AM ET

WGAF!!

September 25, 2012  12:36 PM ET

We're all just pawns in the world of professional sports.

September 25, 2012  01:05 PM ET

"Moderate owners being silenced". As in wake up in the morning finding your favorite horse's head with you silenced? Speak up.

September 25, 2012  01:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

This story is childishly written. If the owners were not overwhelmingly in favor of a lockout..............there wouldn't be a lockout. Do all 30 owners support the same thing? I'm sure the answer is no. The Dwarf doesn't act without majority ownership support however. When he fails to get it, they'll either hire someone else or order him to settle. Fehr is not without sin either. I said many times when he was hired you could bet your bottom dollar there would either be a strike or a lockout. He couln't settle without proving how tough he was first. Neither side is 100% right or 100% wrong but both sides are simply trying to look like they're being treated badly by the other. I no longer care.

Solid Points Slappy ! And i agree. Sadly , just by the act of chatting about this we prove that we very much do care ! Both sides know it and are counting on it. Thats what pisses me off

September 25, 2012  01:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

We're all just pawns in the world of professional sports.

Mongo just pawn in game of life.

September 25, 2012  01:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

and I can't say I blame them...it's not for the Rangers/Flyers, etc. of the world to save Bettman's sorry tuchas by supporting Phoenix

I agree. If some teams aren't making it, relocate.

September 25, 2012  01:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Mongo just pawn in game of life.

Not a king, not a knight..................just the pawn. You don't count Mongo. You're Bryz without the stick, Ovie not being allowed to jump onto the glass, Torts wearing a gag, Sid being penalized for stick work...............IT JUST AIN'T FAIR!

September 25, 2012  03:04 PM ET

Teams that will be viable after this lockout:

TOR, MTL, OTT, WPG, CGY, VCR, NYR, BOS, BUF, PHL, PGH, CHI, STL, DET.

So that is 14, maybe a couple more will hang around a bit. I do not have a problem with contraction to a 16 team League. 8 make playoffs, and good to go

September 25, 2012  03:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I agree. If some teams aren't making it, relocate.

or contract !

September 25, 2012  03:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

or contract !

Even better!

 
September 25, 2012  07:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

and I can't say I blame them...it's not for the Rangers/Flyers, etc. of the world to save Bettman's sorry tuchas by supporting Phoenix

Get rid of the Yotes and everybody will suddenly be making money. It's that simple.

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