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NHL Salary Cap Increasing Next Season To About $71M, Floor Will Rise As Well
Published December 10, 2013
TV MONEY: In Philadelphia, Frank Seravalli notes the NHL BOG is "expected to receive an estimate on how much each team will be receiving as part of the new Canadian national television rights package." Seravalli cites an estimate from TSN's Darren Dreger that the deal would be worth an average of $15M per team per season "in new (essentially free) revenue, minus an 'invasion fee' paid to the league's seven Canadian clubs." That number "will be multiplied by 10 years." The salary cap is being pushed up by what is "expected to be" a record-setting $4B in revenue during the '13-14 season (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 12/10).
SAME AS IT EVER WAS? SPORTSNET.ca's Mark Spector wrote under the header, "Will it be a familiar dance with NHL, NHLPA?" Spector asks of the rising salary cap, "Why will the cycle be different this time?" The difference today -- "thanks in large part to the new TV deal with Rogers (which owns this website) -- is that national revenues now make up as much as 18 percent of the NHL’s revenues, as opposed to five or six percent not so long ago." As such, revenue sharing "has gone from less significant sums to the possibility of real money -- perhaps as much" as $30M for some teams. Spector: "That's the kind of money a small market team could actually survive on" (SPORTSNET.ca, 12/9). CBSSPORTS.com's Brian Stubits wrote the salary cap increase "almost makes you wonder why we went through another lockout last year." At least teams that "live on the floor might be wondering that as with the cap going up, so will the salary floor" (CBSSPORTS.com, 12/9).