Re: Tim Thomas Had a one liner today on his face book
posted at 7/27/2012 12:36 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Tim Thomas Had a one liner today on his face book
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Tim Thomas Had a one liner today on his face book : I look forward to the day when we hear some other team's GM say "We're aware of his views but we're more concerned with what he does on the ice than off it."
Posted by RichHillOntario[/QUOTE]
OK, how about talking about hockey relevancy here?
And from my read, other than the OP broaching the subject, RHO is the one who has come closest to hockey relevancy.
The hockey market, the sports market in general is NOT the place where people want to get controversial issues introduced.
You want to take your kid to a game, you'd like your kid to read about batting averages and GAA.
You DON'T want to have your kid read about their sports idols:
engaging in controversial or political issues such as gay marriage, abortion or whatever flavor of the month problem.
You want to get fannies into seats.
You want to AVOID any controversial issues that might prevent people buying tickets.
Helping poor people, adopting orphan baby seals, visiting sick kids in hospitals - that's the kind of stories you want, feel good stuff that virtually no one, or very few people get bent out of shape about.
It's what the sports biz is all about and it has been that way since Babe Ruth told some sick kid he would hit a home run for him. That's the stuff people *like* to remember and NOT the story about Babe Ruth being so loaded that a team mate got him to a game virtually unconscious in a wheel barrow.
Thomas *has* introduced more controversy.
Controversy is NOT good.
I believe he's made his trade value that much less because now I think he could only go to conservative markets which narrows the field quite a bit.
And even then I think it has to weigh into a GM's mind - "what will he say next?" He obviously has no problems voicing his opinions, what if he says something *really* nuts that offends virtually everyone?
Any potential trade value he has, has gotten that much less.