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Old 11-16-2016, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by LocalSportsReport View Post
Some are profitable, some are not. Consider the Kitchener Rangers. Last season they had revenue of over $6.4 million but made a profit of only $163,498, and that was including $638,194 earned from playoff revenues. Granted, the team did donate $370,000 to community organizations. However, the Rangers had the second highest attendance in the league at over 7,000 per game.

I think that some of you believe that OHL teams are rolling in the dough but that is not the case. It costs a lot to run these teams and the scholarship packages are very expensive.

If a team has 23 players and those players make minimum wage at $11.40/hr for 40 hours a week and 26 weeks a year, that is an additional $273,000 not including all the payroll taxes. A lot of teams that are profitable could not afford this, never mind the teams that aren't profitable.

If it is ruled that teams must pay their players, either the OHL teams will drop the scholarships (which would not be good for the players and would likely lead to more players choosing the NCAA option) or ticket prices would need to be increased (which would hurt the fans).
If they honestly thought they could bring in more revenue by raising ticket prices it would already be done.
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