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HOCKEY HELD HOSTAGE -- PART II: ONE MAN'S PLAN
Published November 21, 1994
In this morning's BOSTON GLOBE, Kevin Paul Dupont offers his proposal to end the lockout: the players would receive profit- sharing based on league-wide total attendance and average ticket costs on top of the salary levels the owners are presently guaranteeing, while the owners would gain the cost containment they are seeking through salary restraints. Assuming league attendance of 17,545,699 and an average ticket price of $40, ticket revenue (not including luxury boxes) would be $701,828,100. Profit-sharing of 15% would yield the NHLPA $105,274,200. At 46,240 man-games, each player would receive $2,276 extra per game -- a bonus of approximately 40% for the average NHLPA member. "Under the scenario offered above, the union ostensibly can name its price -- bound to increase each year -- for 'selling' the salary caps, drags, etc., that owners insist they need." REACTIONS: Dupont faxed his proposal to key players on both sides. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: "Sure, if we can move ahead with the tax plan we're proposing. ... [Also] gate receipts probably won't be our biggest growth area in the years ahead. We're probably looking more in areas such as pay- per-view, and added dollars from licensing and marketing. But overall, the notion of cutting them in on something, I have no problem with that." Bruins Player Rep Dave Reid: "The the owners can put the price of tickets where they want -- and then blame the players for it." Capitals GM David Poile: "We can't keep passing the price on to the fans." Agent Neil Abbott: "Whether it's pegged to attendance or some other revenue stream, it would be the owners saying to the players, 'You get to participate in the pie.'" Bruins President & GM Harry Sinden: "You should send it to David Stern and the NBA. I mean, you're only dealing here with a league in a profit position." NHLPA Exec Dir Bob Goodenow was one of those surveyed who did not respond (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/21).