The other day Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Michael Vick used the word “dynasty” in referring to the possibilities for the Eagles. Immediately the media and fans shuddered and were outraged by his contention.
So, I ask are dynasties a good thing? Perhaps, for the fans of that annually-winning team they certainly would tell you it’s just fine. But, are dynasties good for sports?
I think we learned a long time ago that parity in sports is a good thing. It’s not just more enjoyable for the fans, it’s just good business.
The National Hockey League might be the most brittle of the four major sports. In fact, in a recent article that appeared on Bleacher Report, some outstanding advice was presented on ways the NHL might deal with struggling franchises of which they’ve had their share – the Atlanta Thrashers last year; the Phoenix Coyotes and New Jersey Devils this year. While there are numerous strategies that may help, including relocating teams to areas where there’s a solid fan base, I believe the most important element is to ensure parity.
To his credit, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman wants parity and is striving to guarantee it in the league, and I’ve got proof.
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… I posted this piece on Ranger Nation today because Michael McShane of Philly Sports Live has really hit the nail on the head here.
This ridiculous offer sheet from Philadelphia to Shea Weber really is not good for the NHL, especially with a lockout looming.
I love how Philadelphia native McShane uses the word “disgusting” when talking about the Flyers deal to Weber. Thanks for writing this piece Michael, it sheds a lot of light on this deal but I am sure you are getting some crazy comments from Flyers fans who have no idea what this kind of deal could do to the NHL today in light of the CBA negotiations.
Winning is one thing, but watching the NHL implode is another.
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