“We’re not making money and that’s one reason we need to fix our system. We need to fix how much we’re spending"
- Craig Leipold, April 11, 2012. A classic case of talking out of your ass.
Everyone likes a good acronym, like YOLO - you only live once. SUFO works for the NHL. No, it's not Shut up and Blank Off, although that kinda works too. It's Save Us From Ourselves.
It’s getting hard not to be generally resentful. Getting paid that much guaranteed money for that long to play hockey? It’s ridiculous, of course, but it's been that way for a long time. But it's especially obnoxious to hear the owners go, "Whaaaaaaa! The players make too much money, the system is broken, we have to cancel the season to fix it." Then, of their own free will, they go out and drop 196 million on two guys.
We overlook mismanagement, ridiculous salaries, the insane price of everything, the cancelled '05 Cup, the frustrating, inconsistent officiating and player discipline. The NHL is really lucky, as yet another work stoppage looms, we remain so passionate about the product. Other companies behaving the same way with such little regard for their customers, would have hung out an "Out of Business" shingle a long time ago.