With replacement referees making the calls on the field and hockey players and coaches calling quits on the ice, labor disputes have come to control the NHL and NFL. Sports Illustrated reporter Sarah Kwak weighs in on the disputes and how they harm the game, causing fans to look elsewhere.
“This time it's about revenue sharing. It's about money. Let's be honest here, it's always about money,” Kwak says of the NHL stand-off. “Right now, as it stands, the players and the owners split hockey-related revenue, 57 percent going to the players and 43 going to the owners. The owners think that's way too much to be giving to their players. They want it to come down to under 50 percent.”
Like the NHL, labor disputes have left football fans frustrated as well while replacement referees patrol the game and the standard refs remain locked out.
“You're supposed to have arbiters or policemen on the game that say this is allowable and this is not. When they're not able to - if the players are not going to respect the authority of these people who are supposed to be there for their safety and for just the general enjoyment of the game, then I think that's when the NFL is really going to have an issue,” Kwak says.