Update — The CHL lost to the junior hockey players and must pay minimum wage retroactively (article).
You might mistakenly debate the revenue of teams vs player lawsuit for minimum wage. But I recently learned it is not the dollars involved but procedural limits. For example, take this excerpt from an article about the CHL vs NCAA,
“If you are looking at it from a numbers standpoint, the CHL spits out NHL players left and right. The CHL program starts at a younger age than the NCAA – usually 16, with a few exceptions – and lasts till 20 years old. The games and schedule resemble the NHL more so than college hockey. Sixty eight games are played in the QMJHL/OHL seasons (72 for WHL), while the NCAA only plays anywhere between 35-48 games. The fast paced, back-and-forth action lends itself to higher intensity games giving opportunities for younger players to get accustomed to the speed the game should be played at.”
Has the CHL crossed the limit between amateur play time and non amateur play time? That is number of games that an amateur hockey player ought to be spending instead of studying. That is the battle ground. How much money the team makes depends on the economy (e.g. recession) but the promise that these are students must be kept! How can you study if you play as much as a professional athlete with the pressure to win that makes or breaks your professional future! This is a perverse amateur league that’s gone overboard! The CHL’s 70(sic) game season is nuts. From out of another league,
“The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed their first-round draft pick Timothy Liljegren to a three year, entry-level contract worth $925,000 annually at the NHL level, or $70,000 annually in the AHL. The deal also includes player bonuses worth a maximum of $400,000.”
A social media reader follows up:
“The amount of money teams make depends on the economy. True, but that’s only revenue for tickets and merchandise. You’re forgetting about the $79,800,000 CHL- NHL Agreement, major sponsorship deals, multi-million dollar TV deals, trading cards, video games, just to name a few of the revenue streams available for CHL teams. Then there is a WHL team who also owns a bus line. The numbers practically never end, however, the players are the ones who suffer in the end by not having their rights protected.” (post)