Friday, April 20, 2007

Good riddance

One of the most vilified owners in sports – he's been nicknamed "Dollar Bill" for his alleged thriftiness when it came to player salaries – Wirtz says he's worried about who the NHL Players' Association hires as its next leader.

After losing $31 million (all figures U.S.) this season and $191 million over the past 10 on the beleaguered Blackhawks, Wirtz said if the players union hires someone cut out of the mould of Bob Goodenow as executive director, he'll hang up a for-sale sign on the Blackhawks.



At 12:43 p.m., April 20, 2007, Anonymous JN said...

Don't you dare crash our hopes Bill!

At 12:52 p.m., April 20, 2007, Anonymous kwyjibo said...

That this happened in Chicago is shameful.

If the Blackhawks franchise is "beleaguered" it's not because of greedy players -- it's becasue of Wirtz' own mismanagement. He took a populated American city that had a solid base of actual hockey fans and destroyed it of his own doing because he wanted more. At the first sign of trouble with fan support, instead of solving the actual problem (a crappy team) he circled the wagons, instituted TV blackouts and ran a team on a budget far beneath what he could afford. That only exacerbated the cycle of futility. Which created further fan problems.

Now he's saying "Chicago's only chance of survival is if we have a toothless union leader!"

Pardon my french, but Bill Wirtz can go fuck himself.

At 1:09 p.m., April 20, 2007, Anonymous David Johnson said...

Hmmm. That might be incentive for the players to bring back Goodenow. With the players now in a partnership with the NHL the players have as much incentive to generate new revenue streams as the owners and Chicago is one of the lost revenue streams of that past 10-15 years. One of the best things that could happen to the NHL over the next few years would be to regenerate fan interest in Chicago. Getting rid of Wirtz might be the first step in that process.

At 1:44 p.m., April 20, 2007, Anonymous snafu said...

I'm personally driving down to Cheli' Chili Bar and imploring him to convince the guys to bring Goodenow back. Once the Hawks are sold, the union can move in another direction. I could not agree more with David's reasoning.

At 2:53 p.m., April 20, 2007, Blogger Jason said...

I'm not a Blackhawks fan, but for all of my homeboys in Chicago let's make this happen.

At 7:03 p.m., April 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Promises, promises. PLEASE make it happen!

At 1:27 a.m., April 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't the shrivelled up old Norris family cronie basically admitting that the owners are colluding with Saskin to bend the players over a barrel? I will not be surprised of Saskin ends up in jail.

At 1:33 a.m., April 21, 2007, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

And the Blackhawks have lost $19 million per year for a decade. Right. Tell me another one, Mr. Wirtz. One problem is that, while the family may be worth about $1 billion, I doubt that Bill Wirtz himself has the wherewithal to lose that much money.

I smell related party transactions. This sort of accounting is why the union reacts with derision at the league's claims of financial woes.


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