There seems to be a lot of confusion amongst North American Hockey League owners about USA Hockey's Tier II Standards of Operation. I am going to provide a link to the full text at the bottom of this to give all NAHL team owners ... Read More...
4a) this produces a conundrum for many organizations. The 250k mandate was written around the time of Gretsky. It is unreasonable and unrealistic. However it is there and it lures many potential owners in without the tacit knowledge that it is unworkable. The NAHL should take it upon themselves to change this but it would significantly their fishing for new ownership.
I think it is the biggest underlying problem with the league and all subsequent issue are a result.
Nice article and comments but I do have one question. You state under player equipment:
"If a member team refuses to comply, simply yank the franchise and continue operation under league control."
Does the league have this kind of money to run a franchise? As I see it if the team is charging for equipment and other expenses it is losing money, taking away the franchise that is costing the owner dollars may be what the owner wants. Why would the league want that albatrose around it neck? I completely agree that before a season starts each franchise needs to show it has the capital to properly operate or be put in moth balls, but to take a franchise over may be detrimental to the bottom line of the entire league. I also understand the last thing anyone wants is to mid season end a teams operation, so the best thing to do is guide the owner through the rest of the year as best an possible, (spending the owners money afterall he signed up for this) and then make the neccessary changes.
If I am not mistaken Junior hockey clubs are running on thin profit margins if any and a league take over may not be in the best interest of the entire league.