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it's probably never crossed the owners minds that putting 2,000 people in a 15,000 capacity stadium isn't likely to make money.
look at how their first attempts to drum up interest went
instead of people (who likely have never seen them compete) witnessing the skills contest thinking "man, she sure can fly, I'm going to have to check out one of their games"
instead it grew into a fiasco about whether she had won or not
The skepticism of the NHL is valid for sure, but the women donít have great options and I can see why they want to find out if heís bluffing or not.
With the CW ceasing on May 1, I expect there will be more news in the next couple weeks.
The CW ceasing is painful but also creates opportunity for positive change, for conversations about media support and corporate support and the need for a continued presence of both.
But it is very much on us womenís hockey players to take a step forward in the amount of support we give to womenís hockey ourselves. Itís time to build that culture, womenís/girls hockey players are almost 200,000 strong in North America, we should be supporting each other better than we are doing now. We are worth it, and will only benefit from supporting the game, to the extent we are able to do so. Women have always supported women, but itís time to do more.
CWHL is auctioning their assets. Some incredible memorabilia here. 2 trusted supporters of the CW have set up a go fund me and plan to buy some items and display them some way. Sharing in case any supporters or players here might wish to contribute.
I should add the goal of the auction is to pay creditors obviously, itís required, the CW is not being malicious to their players here. My understanding is the players have received their base pay but not bonuses, and the hope is to pay the players bonuses if possible. What a crap situation.
Last edited by Lindsay; 04-27-2019 at 02:41 PM.
I am a fairly new convert to women's pro hockey, having only seen a game in late-February in Newark. Aside from the obvious governance and financial issues the sport is battling through, one thing I was curious about is player movement/rights. I know that the players have other careers, with the national team members being paid by USA Hockey. I also saw that the NWHL had a draft this spring. So, do teams retain rights to a player for a certain number of years? Do players sign multi-year contracts? Or, are players on one year free agent contracts? Or, how does that all work?
May not be a lot of players for the NWHL to field teams. Nice solidarity by all the women playing North American hockey.
Apparently all National team members form various nations playing in either NA league are part of this pledge, most if not all CWHL players, and others.
Yeah, that was a bold move by the women this morning. I saw the identical tweets from a lot of the high profile USWNT players. Fortunately, there probably aren't a lot of players who are in line to lose all that much financially as they probably don't get paid much from the NWHL. As long as this gets done right, it'll be worth it. I think there is more of a market available to them than has been realized. But, I don't know what the ceiling is. It definitely needs to be one league, preferably with NHL involvement. When the biggest stars of the game are scattered between 2 leagues, opportunities are missed. And even following some of the players on social media, I always feel like they could be more proactive in marketing their league as well.
In the one NWHL game I attended, I was pleasantly surprised by how full the stands were. I loved that the NWHL had a lot of games broadcast online somewhere. I do think the NHL has to be involved in some capacity, as they are already dabbling in it. But, I am excited to see where this can go. I really enjoyed the product I saw, even with its limited resources. BUt, you've got to start somewhere.
I really, really hope I turn out to be wrong but this is a terrible move by the players. Who are they thinking will be so dramatically impacted by their boycott that it will cause some entity to step forward with financing for insurance and higher salaries? If I'm the Gary Bettman I simply say, "Okay" and move on from women's hockey. Why would I want to spend time trying to convince the players to play in an NHL-sponsored league when the players early gambit is to refuse to play? Why would the NHL (or anyone) want that headache?
I love women's hockey and was thrilled with the Whitecaps success this season. I absolutely think one league is the way to go. But the sport simply hasn't yet reached critical mass in terms of a national paying audience and advertisers to make demands like this and having a business model cannot be completely ignored. Pro women's hockey is still in the early stages that require people and organizations working together, making sacrifices, putting egos aside to build to that critical mass.
As I indicated above, I'm skeptical about Bettman's (and by extension, the NHL owners') sincerity in claiming that they want to really support women's hockey. But the players are, at least, calling his bluff. If the NHL follows this up with silence or obfuscation, we'll know that they aren't serious.
More info here: https://kstp.com/sports/womens-hocke...5338217/?cat=7
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