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Biggest market teams strangely have little say over lockout

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10:16 AM ET 11.25 | It's hard to believe the owners of the Maple Leafs, who stand to lose at least $100 million if the season is flushed, will stand by silently as the league seeks nothing less than unconditional surrender from the players. It is impossible to believe the owners of the Canadiens, Canucks, Flyers, Red Wings, Penguins and Blackhawks will continue to cede authority. Perhaps no one will listen to James Dolan of the Rangers -- who stands to lose at least $60 million if the puck isn't dropped just as his team would be denied its shot at the Cup -- just as no one listened to him a few years ago when he petitioned the board to dismiss Gary Bettman, but silence from the Blueshirts' CEO simply would be unacceptable. Wouldn't it be grand, by the way, if Jeremy Jacobs, the militant owner of the Bruins who holds inexplicable sway over the board and Bettman, would explain to the fans and season subscribers in Boston why he is arguing against his team's own self-interests? Understand this: Big market owners who continue to support the hardline as espoused by Bettman, Jacobs and Proskauer Rose counsel Bob Batterman are placing their own narrow interests ahead of their team's and their fans'. Big market owners who allow themselves to be gagged are betraying the customers who foot the bills.

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James L. Dolan, Chris Trotman/Getty Images James L. Dolan, Chris Trotman/Getty Images
November 25, 2012  10:19 AM ET

Dolan should never have anything to say... Ever!

November 25, 2012  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Dolan should never have anything to say... Ever!

And neither should this little prick.

November 25, 2012  10:34 AM ET

Proskauer Rose...


Sounds like a pharmaceutical company.

November 25, 2012  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Proskauer Rose...

Sounds like a pharmaceutical company.

What could possibly be wrong with a company that has over 650 lawyers working for it?

November 25, 2012  10:42 AM ET

Conspiracy Theory on ice.

November 25, 2012  10:47 AM ET

Expert: Powerful people often make foolish decisions

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November 25, 2012  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Conspiracy Theory on ice.

Is that the Disney one that usually comes to town around Christmas?

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November 25, 2012  11:11 AM ET

There's nothing great about the NHL anymore. The management of it has been an embarrassment, but not from a cash generation standpoint. Expansion to the sun belt was moronic from every angle, but it increased the leagues exposure and generated cash. It also, unfortunately, diluted the quality as players who would never have qualified for the NHL before are lacing them up with the big boys. B League players turned hit men have turned the great frozen game into the WWE.

Now with the owners "all or nothing" approach to negotiating, they will likely get the same payback baseball got years ago when they're back in.........2014? Hard to care.

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November 25, 2012  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

And neither should this little prick.

He reminds me of a teacher...

Who - when he got home at night - His fat and psychopathic wife would thrash him within inches of his life...

November 25, 2012  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Is that the Disney one that usually comes to town around Christmas?

And after a drunk Mel Gibson tries to get out of a ticket in Phoenix by telling the cop he's Kirk Gibson's brother.

November 25, 2012  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

And neither should this little prick.

But the owners wonder how it could hurt so much.

November 25, 2012  12:17 PM ET

Conspicuous in there missing from the above list the Leafs whose owners Rogers and Bell own Sportsnet and TSN the money that drives the Canadian clubs

November 25, 2012  01:43 PM ET

Centre Ice (#9)...well said.

Swamp Dragon (#14)...good point.

November 25, 2012  06:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

And neither should this little prick.

Your pic needs to habve the words on it changed from Jackhole of the Week to Jackhole of the Year, or even Jackhole of the Decade

November 26, 2012  12:34 AM ET

Owners are not here to lose money for your benefit. This is a business not a charity. If no owners are opposing the hard line stand that should tell you something. They do not feel they will be better off if the capitulate but rather that only by taking a hard line are they even interested in continuing with what for the most part are money pits.

But they should be happy to lose money for you. After all you take your money and give massive amounts of it to perfect strangers every day.......right?

November 26, 2012  01:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Dolan should never have anything to say... Ever!

Agreed. He should just shut up and listen to endless reruns of Don Cherry's wisdom.

November 26, 2012  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Conspicuous in there missing from the above list the Leafs whose owners Rogers and Bell own Sportsnet and TSN the money that drives the Canadian clubs

That's because the NY Post is jealous of the Toronto Sun !

 
November 26, 2012  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

No kidding, Dolan is an idiot.As for this story from the NY Post. Is there anyone in NY who isn't a boot licking sycophant for the NHLPA?

:)

You make me smile.

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