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Monday, March 07, 2005

nhl- Net Worth

from the newyorker, Aside from the usual consortium of Zamboni drivers and Don Cherry fanatics, few people mourned when the National Hockey League cancelled its season, a few weeks ago, after the owners and the players failed to come to a new labor agreement. But the fact that people are uninterested doesn’t mean they don’t have an interest. Businessmen should be paying attention to the N.H.L., because its troubles could soon be theirs. The impasse is less about hockey than it is about history—and being on the wrong side of it.
So when N.H.L. owners speak wistfully of old-time hockey, what they really mean is old-time economics—when the boys were labor, not talent.