Saturday, August 11, 2012
Bobby Orr: 'Unfair' to call players greedy
By James Murphy
Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr voiced his displeasure with NHL owners, who've said they'll lock out the players if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't reached by the Sept. 15 deadline.
"If we go back to the last collective bargaining agreement, the talk after that was, 'Gee, the players really got beat on this one,'" the Hall of Famer said Friday of the previous CBA, which came after a lockout canceled the 2004-05 season.
"So all of the sudden the owners have come back -- I know they're negotiating, they're posturing and so on, but what they put out there, there's no way the players can accept something like that," Orr, who serves as a player agent and runs his own agency, told CBC News in Moncton, New Brunswick, where he's attending the Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey Festival.
The NHL enjoyed record-breaking revenue and increased television ratings last season, but many teams are still claiming losses and say they can't survive under the current system, in which the players net 57 percent of hockey-related revenue. The owners want the players to reduce their share to 43 percent, and Orr doesn't see how that is equitable.
"Players want their fair share, and that's what it's all about and I think it's very unfair if fans -- until they understand and see everything what's out there -- that they suggest that the players are being greedy," he said.