How did we get to here

I just started reading The Instigator, How Gary Bettman Remade the League and Changed the Game Forever. It was released earlier this year and chronicles the work of Gary B. Bettman at the helm of the NHL.

Particular passage that has stuck out in reference to the 2004-05 lockout:

"And the NHL was now the envy of the pro-sporting world, boasting what was effectively a triple cap: the total league-wide salary amount fixed as a percentage of revenue, a team-by-team ceiling, and individual player compensation limited to a maximum of 20 percent of his team's envelope. All accomplished within a system that shared less revenue than football or baseball, guaranteeing that the NHL's most successful franchises would become even richer."

That last phrase about revenue sharing hit me a little bit. I don't understand nor do I wish to understand the complexities of the lockout and the CBA negotiation. But it makes me wonder if there was a better revenue sharing model in place, where would we be right now?


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