The NHL poster boy for exceptional play is also the poster boy for exceptional greed. After all, when players feel entitled to excessive millions from the fans who pay them, it's natural the best wants the most. So it is with Sidney Crosby.
With this latest breakdown of talks between the Gary Bettman lead NHL and the Donald Fehr lead NHLPA, Crosby, who has kept involved in the negotiations and was one of the players who took part in the meetings with six owners earlier this week, is now on record as saying he may soon go and play in another league. Likely Europe, but he hasn't been specific about a destination, nor does it appear he's got one market or league in mind.
I counter that be saying - good. Go. Crosby has all along said he wants a deal to play NHL hockey but now, after his leader, Fehr, did some grandstanding and blew-apart the latest round of talks, he's considering abandoning the process. Instead of being a level head and admitting the shenanigans the NHLPA pulled off by submitting an offer it knew the league would not accept, he's going to take care of himself. That and the numbers he's put up in his career make this pundit feel it's all for the best. What numbers? His financial numbers.
Sidney Crosby: $47 million man
For the 2012-13 season, should there be one, Sidney Crosby will make $7.5 million (dependent on length of lockout), his smallest pay for a season since his entry-level contract. In the four seasons since that entry-level contract expired he has taken from Pittsburgh Penguin and NHL fans, who pay his salary, $9 million a season. Further, after dipping down to that $7.5 million for 2012-13, Crosby will be paid $12 million each season for the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 NHL seasons (that's some 260 times what an average person makes per year).
To date the numbers add up to Crosby 'earning' $47,355,000, dug out of the pockets of fans. And with the $7.5 million if they play a full schedule this season and $36 million he'll get from 2013-14 through 2015-16, Sid the Rich Kid stands to wind up with $90,855,000 over his first 11 years in the NHL. His contract runs on from there until the end of the 2024-25 season at lower sums ranging from $10,900,000 to a 'mere' 3 million dollars a season at its end.
NHL hockey players: greed, sense of entitlement
Any talk from Crosby that the NHL is trying to bamboozle him or his brethren - the average player salary was approaching $2.5 million, this while over a dozen franchises lost money last season - is nonsense. NHL players are being remunerated lavishly and will continue to be with the most recent deal the league has plunked onto the negotiating table.
Crosby, however, seems to think it's not enough, or at least that appears evident given that he is threatening to wash his hands of the NHL, and its fans, to go and play elsewhere. Note to Sid: you won't get that much anywhere else on the planet but go ahead, abandon the fans that made you who you are. The fans after all have some solace in knowing that they can take the money they would have given you and spend it elsewhere.
NHL hockey will be missed but the greed and sense of entitlement that NHLPA players like Sidney Crosby has, will not.
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