Quote: Originally Posted by Risus
Of course, thats where they make money. Goes without saying. However once money is involved, it becomes business. Where is team spirit now, for example? At one time it was a kids dream to play for the Leafs or the Habs. Now its 'if you don't pay me enough, trade me'. Eric Lindros is an example of greed before team spirit. That is no longer sport. And they don't care about the fans. The strike proved that.
Eric Lindros was a kid whose parents controlled everything
he did, he was just taking orders from them at the time,
he didn't have the power or maturity to make that silly
decision, not to play in quebec, a parantal decision,
and most of his managerial problems were causes by his
parents, it's too bad, because he's a good guy, and what they
did made him look like a spoiled brat.
It's you the fan who's 'mind' changes when these athletes
finally make some money after years and years of training
and finally become good enough to play professionally.
They don't demand anything, they get paid at the rate the
'OWNERS' are willing to pay them, and it is the owners who
compete with EACH OTHER, playing with all of their money,
to get a player before the other owner gets him, it is them
who have driven up the market, the players negotiate with
management and arrive at a number, they can't make anyone
pay them anything, it is the owners who fork it out.
The players do not change, they are a driven lot, love the
game, and are very competative, have been all of their lives, even as kids, and they keep themselves at that
highest level, because there are always other players who
will take their jobs if they slack off. You can see from
the spirit of the players on team canada, (paid nothing to
compete in olympics, unless they win a medal), they love
what they do, and do it well.
It is the attitude of certain fans, as soon as the junior becomes
a NHL player, that fan has a 'jealousy' of the money the player
now makes, and that fan 'changes' his own outlook of the player,
but the player is the same.
I would never criticize anyone for making a good living, in any field,
as long as it is legal.