Part-owner of the San Jose Sharks Kevin Compton. Photo: Forbes.com
The Sharks aren’t the most valuable team. Their franchise doesn’t have the historical influence that some of the other teams mentioned have.
They do have an interesting outlook on their financial situation, though. And the NHL Lockout always comes back to money, doesn’t it?
MercuryNews.com reported that the Sharks were in the red by about $15 million this past season.
"We're OK with that because that's a decision we've made to stay competitive," said part-owner Kevin Compton about the team’s financial losses.
The Sharks’ management is committed to pouring resources into the team in an effort to make it successful. They share a drive similar to the players on the ice. Having owners completely invested in the success of the team is one of the biggest components of great team.
Combine that dedication with the talent found in San Jose and it’s only a matter of time before the team is contending for the Stanley Cup.
If more owners adapt a similar philosophy—one that emphasizes the team’s success on the ice as much as its success on the financial reports—the two sides would have more common ground and the lockout would be sorted out in a more timely fashion.
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