Posted October 19, 2012

Zach Parise calls owners’ 50-50 proposal ‘a publicity stunt’

NHL

Zach Parise questioned NHL owners’ desire to negotiate. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

A “depressed” Zach Parise, recipient of one of the offseason’s biggest free-agent deals, told Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, he’s fed up with NHL owners.

Parise called the 50-50 revenue-sharing proposal released by the NHL a “publicity stunt” designed to lure fans and media to the league’s side of the current labor-lockout standoff. He questioned the owners’ dedication to negotiate after quickly passing on three proposals in 10 minutes Thursday.

“Something is not right there,” the Wild’s Zach Parise said. “It’s confusing. All these owners, maybe this was their plan the whole time, to sign all these guys to these big contracts knowing full well they’re not going to pay the value of them. To me, that doesn’t sound like good-faith negotiating, yet they keep preaching it.”
Parise said he was not “singling out” Wild owner Craig Leipold, who signed Parise and Ryan Suter each to 13-year, $98 million contracts July 4 and has already paid them $10 million signing bonuses each. Still, Parise is left wondering if his contract will be honored.
“You have all these owners signing big deals minutes before the CBA expires and then going the next day, ‘We don’t want to pay these contracts,” Parise said. “Maybe that’s how they conduct business. That just doesn’t seem right. What if us players signed a deal and said, ‘You know what, I actually want 15 percent more?’”

8 comments
vorwal78
vorwal78

union busting in America is outrageous. The labor movement was pretty awesome. You should get on-board.

roderiques5898
roderiques5898

Well another millionaire complaining about an extra few thousand in his paycheck. I agree with Thomas Baker Fehr will ruin this as will the few whiney players who will bitch about a 50/50 split. Lets be real who owns the team and the arenas they play in it sure as hell isn't the players. As for who is getting hurt again it sure as hell isn't the players. It is the venders, the parking lot people, the suppliers and of course the fans. Grow up people

Thomas Baker
Thomas Baker

Donald Fehr is a union thug that came close to ruining MLB and could ruin the NHL.

 

The players make mega bucks and will not miss any meals or go broke with a 50/50 split of revenues.

 

The people hurt are the fans that already pay exorbitant prices for tickets. The players demands will only increase ticket prices. I know what I'm talking about as my wife and I are full season ticket holders with the Carolina Hurricanes and might not buy season tickets beyond this season.

 

Rick in Huahin!
Rick in Huahin!

Zach is cool but he has no need to worry about his contract, why??? Coz he's a great player and will ALWAYS get his money!

But he knows some things have to be sacrificed for the betterment of the sport and the future!

mefoster86
mefoster86

 @Thomas Baker You don't think Parise has a point? The owners signed ridiculous contracts this summer with no intention of paying them. All this fuss about the owners losing money is trying to set the cap to the lowest common denominator - making the players all take a cut so that Bettman can have hockey in places that never see ice, and surprise, don't make money.People that support the owners say the players are getting ridiculous money.... they seem to ignore the fact that the players ARE the product. Try and find another business that only spends 50% of its money on its product..... you won't find one.

marc.naturephotog
marc.naturephotog

 @mefoster86  @Thomas Baker 

 

"The players are the product".  Yes, absolutely.  And, to illustrate how invaluable they are, they  should begin playing in public rinks with no stands where the fans who adore them will flock to watch. Oh, wait a sec, I guess that since there will be no place to sit, stand or park and no way to get big TV broadcast contracts,  it might result in a slight drop in gate receipts and revenue, like say, a 100% drop.  But hey, they can still play the game for free, for the love it, you know, the purist approach.  And while they are at it, they will teach those owners a lesson they will never forget. Chastened, bowed and humbled,  owners will be forced to scrounge for new "product" in the form of the next several waves of top junior and European talent.  It could take as much as two years before they can put teams worth watching on the ice again.  I for one am solidly behind the players on this and think this is the strategy they should adopt. 

jglennox1
jglennox1

The players take no financial risk at all. The next time a player does not produce comensorate with his contract and GIVES BACK money will be the first. But how many want to renegoatiate when they out perform... ALL OF THEM.  As for the "hockey in places that never see ice" guess what those teams create jobs for players to earn huge contracts. And  more NHLPA members. If the players want to share in the profit then they need to share in the loss. What the players don't understand is that hockey is the product not them. Richard begat Howe who begat Lefluer who begat "Gretz" who begat Crosby who will begat the next generation. The NHLPA wanted this as badly as the owners. The union refused to begin negoations this past January when the owners requested they do so. Don Fehr was hell bent on undoing what Bob Goodenau did seven years ago. He was after all complicet in canceling a World Series!

That said your point about the contracts and owners in the off season is well taken. BOTH ARE WRONG!  Owners cant play. Players can't own. Do a deal and get it over with. Seriously both sides can't figure out an equitable distribution of 3 billion dollars?

EdCostello
EdCostello

I ag ree 100% with Marc.  They are the product.   And I understand Parise's point.  These are phony deals.  This fool and weakest commissioner of Hockey is again trying to protect the owners from themselves. There was a proposal made by Fehr awhile ago that made sense.  If a team wants to go over the cap, lwet them with a severe tax.  Then the poorer teams would get "real money".  For year Florida made more money off the Yankees tax revenue than they did from baseball operations.