Greed is the inordinate desire to possess wealth, goods, or objects of abstract value with the intention to keep it for one's self, far beyond the dictates of basic survival and comfort. It is applied to a markedly high desire for and pursuit of wealth, status, and power.
As a secular psychological concept, greed is, similarly, an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs. It is typically used to criticize those who seek excessive material wealth, although it may apply to the need to feel more excessively moral, social, or otherwise better than someone else (from Wikipedia).
Another NHL lockout is everyday becoming a likely possibility. On one side, you have the owners and Gary Bettman. On the other side, the National Hockey League Players Association. Two sides who can't agree on one thing: money.
From various reports, Gary Bettman earned roughly $8 million in the 2010-2011 season. Assuming he has worked all of his life and made millions every year, he's probably worth upwards of $100 million, with millions more to come until he ever decides to retire.
So I would say that he's made more than enough money to last the rest of his life already.
NHL owners are typically the types of guys born into more money than they ever need before they start to helm their hockey clubs. I am sure there isn't an owner in the league who is not already set for life as well. If there isn't one, who might that be?
Now you get hockey players making at minimum $500,000 a year. $500,000 a year. In the course of two years, the lowest on the totem pole is almost a millionaire. They can retire after hockey with that kind of money. Don't say it can't be done either, because it can.
Suppose they were to argue that they deserve it for all of their hard work. Bettman is an educated businessman. The owners more than likely have great educations too. The players work their bodies very hard to earn their money, often playing with and through painful injuries, not to mention the fact that hockey can be a dangerous sport.
But there are everyday people who work hard and under dangerous conditions everywhere. Often, they aren't making much either and might be lucky to make a million in their whole lives. Neither do they possess the sometimes humongous egos of businessmen or hockey players.
So we are supposed to take sides in this whole lockout affair? Meanwhile, what are the prices for season tickets for fans? Between $4,000 and $15,000, depending on which team's games you are attending.
This all adds up to greed. The owners, the commissioner, and the players. They are all greedy. For just 60 minutes of work for players (not counting community work or practices), they make way too much as it is. I think it's the same with other leagues. They make way too much money already and now they are each fighting for more.
I love the game of hockey, but the greed of business is ruining the enjoyment and now we'll most likely have no hockey in the upcoming season. Just like when anything turns into a business, greed starts to take over. Right now, you have all of these people filled with animosity because they don't feel they are getting enough.
Well guess what? Every single one of you are getting enough. You have income well beyond what you require.
That's why I think you're all incredibly greedy.
I invite your comments.