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PostPosted: 05/23/19 8:53 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Hawkeye wrote:
So with the league agreeing to boost salaries and agreed with the players' association to split revenue after league expenses 50-50 with the players, do some the 200 agree to play this coming season?

I doubt it. I think their issue is the business model itself. From what I have heard the collapse of the CWHL has them feeling snakebit, and they don't think the NWHL is long-term sustainable.


Even with the increase in pay, they would still be making sub-living wage (the new signings were for $11-12,000 per season). If they believed in the model moving forward and the path for growth, they might play for that in the short term. But they see something like the CWHL happening where they basically put in the work of a full-time professional athlete for part-time pay, while having to hold down a full time 9-5 job to pay their bills, and then instead of the better tomorrow that they were playing for the league just collapses with no warning.

They would rather find a committed angel investor with deep pockets and diverse and overlapping interests who is in it for the long haul (*cough* NHL *cough*).

If the NWHL wants to pull them back, that's what they need to bring to the table. They need to bring a realistic business plan that demonstrates long term stability, and the ability to offer a living wage salary in the next few years.



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PostPosted: 05/24/19 4:34 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The NWHL and it's current 5 teams have been re-signing players for the 2019-2020 season. So there's optimism they'll play.



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PostPosted: 05/24/19 9:58 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Oh, I have no doubt that they will play this year without the elite players. My comment was in regards to the 200 coming back into the fold.

To put the 200 in perspective, that would be like every player on a current WNBA roster, plus 4 of each team's training camp cuts, all deciding to sit out, and then running a league with what you have left.



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PostPosted: 05/30/19 5:04 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Statement from the league:

https://www.nwhl.zone/news_article/show/1024916



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PostPosted: 05/30/19 5:09 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It seems like Toronto & Montreal expansion are on hold. If the 200 that are sitting out decide to play in 2020-2021, the league might opt to double in size assuming the players get what they want.



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PostPosted: 05/30/19 10:50 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Good move on the part of the NWHL.

The are making it clear that they are not the ones standing in the way of the players getting their goal. So if those backers (like the NHL) that the players think are out there don't come forward, it can't be blamed on their existence. They have now literally said that they are willing to partner with, or even straight up happily fold to make room for a league that can offer women players full time wages and medical insurance.

So if this does end up being a pipe dream on the part of the players, the perception will likely be that the NWHL is doing everything they reasonably can, and should facilitate a reintegration of them back into the league much more smoothly with hopefully minimal lingering animosity.

And if there really is some sort of angel investor/backer out there, then this would open the door to what would hopefully be a smooth transition to a major unified North American Women's Hockey league with full time players.

Either way, you can tell it was done by people who actually care about the sport of women's hockey and truly want the best, no matter what that ends up being.



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PostPosted: 08/05/19 9:28 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

As expected, the NWHL will remain at 5 teams for the 2019-20 season. Their schedule was announced over the weekend. All expansion plans are on hold for now. Three teams are moving to different arenas for the upcoming season with the Connecticut Whale moving from Stamford to Danbury, the Buffalo Beauts moving to nearby Amherst (NY), and the Metropolitan Riveters moving from Newark to Monmouth Junction (NJ).

https://www.nwhl.zone/schedule/day/league_instance/97589?subseason=616884



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PostPosted: 09/05/19 7:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Twitch & NWHL agree on three-year deal.

https://www.nwhl.zone/news_article/show/1046632



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PostPosted: 09/05/19 7:19 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
Twitch & NWHL agree on three-year deal.

https://www.nwhl.zone/news_article/show/1046632

That is amazing news.



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