York U. researcher puts NHL owners in penalty box over players’ lockout


TORONTO, September 22, 2004 -- Hockey fans should be pointing the finger at owners, not players, in the current NHL lockout, according to York University researcher Julian Ammirante.


“Athletes’ salaries are typically portrayed by owners as the major cause for the NHL’s financial woes,” says Ammirante. “But in terms of mismanagement, hockey has had some of the worst owners in the history of professional sports.”


Ammirante, a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department at York is uniquely qualified to comment on the lockout and its surrounding issues. He conducts research exclusively into the political economy and business of major league sports in the age of globalization. He has written and lectured extensively in this field, including its direct impact on Canada.


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