Look at the Pirates in baseball for an example why this will not work in hockey: Over the past four years the Pirates have been well supported by the fans despite not having a winning record in a decade and a half, averaging almost 2 million fans a year (1.86 million a year) . . . http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teams/pitatte.shtml They have had among the lowest payrolls the past four years as well, about $40 million a year (4th from last the past year) . . . http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/teams/salaries?team=pit They recieved $13.3 million in revenue sharing/luxury tax payments last year. They got a free stadium, which most think is the nicest in baseball, paid for by the fans and non-fans through increased sales taxes, and we will be paying for it for the next generation. They increased the number of luxury boxes which gets them almost as much revenue as ticket sales have. They get the local cable rights which nets them millions. They get money from PNC for the naming rights to the stadium, also millions. They get more I am sure that I have not thought of. And they refuse to spend money on players. And you all want me to sign on to the same system for hockey? Not in a billion years.