I haven’t written much about the Sabres for a while now, mostly because news seemed to be at a standstill. With an impending lockout I’ve been left to hope that come next season there will be hockey played at the First Niagara Center. These days it feels like every year there is a fanbase hoping that their league doesn’t get locked out.
In the end my opinion isn’t all that different from most others. I can’t get behind either side in an argument between the rich and the richer. We all know that the people who really lose out our the fans and stadium employees that need the games to be played.
However, I seem to keep siding with the owners when I think about the issues in my head. The main problem, something that has been brought up many times before, is how the salaries are slowly getting out of control. The salary cap has gone from $35 million to over $70 million in the six years since the last lockout. We look at the free agents today and the class doesn’t look nearly as good as 2007. However, they make much more money.
Its hard to believe that players are really being cheated out of something when they are being paid so much more than they did even six years ago. The NHL is doing decent, but owners aren’t exactly racking in tons more cash than they did in 2006. This is not the NFL, the league isn’t entirely made of money.
I know that its how the capitalist system works, but something is obviously not working with salaries. Of course we can’t put all the blame on the players (GMs and owners are making the market after all) but the fact that the league could be in so much trouble so quickly after the last lockout is alarming. Now, I’m not here with some great solution. Just keep in mind that this isn’t entirely owners being cheap and not wanting to play their players. Its also owners making sure that the economic stability of the league doesn’t take a turn for the worse.