The NHL’s revenue sharing problem (Puck Daddy)
Increased revenue sharing is expected to be at the heart of any National Hockey League Players' Association proposal in collective bargaining, seeing as how the NHL's current system is much maligned and is seen as creating " conditions for divisiveness among franchises ."
It's biggest failing: clarity. As our anonymous NHL columnist "The Player" spelled out last month:
The system is so convoluted that some clubs can't reasonably predict how much money they will receive from, or pay into, the pot. Or even if they will be involved in the revenue sharing at all.
Unpredictable factors include: The final escrow return, whether or not your team makes the playoffs, your final attendance numbers and whether you end up above or below the median in terms of revenue determine your revenue sharing fate.
Streamlining revenue sharing would seem paramount in the next CBA … because as the Globe & Mail points out, it's a complicated system.
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