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    I want SKA to win as well....love SKA.

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    I remember either hearing or reading something from Slava Malamud a while back where he said that outside of 3 or 4 teams, most KHL teams were unsustainable. And they only existed to launder money for Russian oligarchs or as entertainment for the masses to forget their crappy lives. I guess this is another example of corruption in Putin’s Russia. Anyone who follows the news knows that everything in Russia is controlled by the oligarchs & the oligarchs are controlled by Putin. And the KHL is no different. I just hope none of SKA’s opponents come down with polonium poisoning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Tran View Post
    I remember either hearing or reading something from Slava Malamud a while back where he said that outside of 3 or 4 teams, most KHL teams were unsustainable. And they only existed to launder money for Russian oligarchs or as entertainment for the masses to forget their crappy lives. I guess this is another example of corruption in Putin’s Russia. Anyone who follows the news knows that everything in Russia is controlled by the oligarchs & the oligarchs are controlled by Putin. And the KHL is no different. I just hope none of SKA’s opponents come down with polonium poisoning.
    To play a bit of a devil's advocate here...

    ...while I don't know anything about potential money laundering via sports teams in USA, the strong entertainment business is there for (or developed from) the same purpose, regardless of the fact that it can be profitable for the owners. To forget that you work your ass off every day so you can afford this and that gimmick you don't really need, and that you forget who you work for and why and all the bad things your gov't and people in power do.

    Entertainment industry to keep people happy and thus helping maintain social order and easier to conceal the unfairness of this world and wrongdoings by the elites is nothing new and not at all exclusive to Russia and "bad" regimes. The major difference is that it's self maintained in USA due to different system and already well developed market and high purchasing power, so there's no need for direct gov't involvement.

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    I tried to find on Twitter his entire quote but all I found was the 1st part, which is this:
    KHL's current state: 29 teams, 2 super-rich, 2 financially viable, 25 poor-to-indigent-to-unsustainable. Of course players want out.
    I couldn’t find the 2nd part where he explains how they survive while being unsustainable. He said this back in May 2017 & the financial situation has gotten worse. So now they’re contracting teams, which is where this story comes in. The good news is Severstal, the team that got jobbed by the KHL in favor of SKA, is not going to be contracted. Another funny thing he said is that a KHL official recently announced that the KHL broke even financially last year, if you don’t count players salaries. Which is like saying that I’d be skinny if I didn’t have this huge gut. Anyway, I think things are a bit different in Russia than they are in America or Canada. The economy is really bad in Russia. There’s massive wealth inequality in Russia, worse than what we have here. There’s also sanctions from the west over the Crimea invasion. And there’s also massive corruption by the government & the oligarchy which takes what little is left in the Russian economy & squeezes out a little more for themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Tran View Post
    I tried to find on Twitter his entire quote but all I found was the 1st part, which is this:

    I couldn’t find the 2nd part where he explains how they survive while being unsustainable. He said this back in May 2017 & the financial situation has gotten worse. So now they’re contracting teams, which is where this story comes in. The good news is Severstal, the team that got jobbed by the KHL in favor of SKA, is not going to be contracted. Another funny thing he said is that a KHL official recently announced that the KHL broke even financially last year, if you don’t count players salaries. Which is like saying that I’d be skinny if I didn’t have this huge gut. Anyway, I think things are a bit different in Russia than they are in America or Canada. The economy is really bad in Russia. There’s massive wealth inequality in Russia, worse than what we have here. There’s also sanctions from the west over the Crimea invasion. And there’s also massive corruption by the government & the oligarchy which takes what little is left in the Russian economy & squeezes out a little more for themselves.
    Oh don't get me wrong - as I said the financial aspect is entirely different there and for sure team sports are used to launder money. I wasn't arguing that point at all.

    If you think about it...a team that's almost in Siberia, in an industrial town where most people barely get by...and a team has hockey stars and pays them millions/year. That was never going to work. And I doubt many owners funnel money into that out of pure love for hockey lol.

    There's also the aspect of KHL wanting to get "on par" with NHL, so if they want to do that they have to take many a shortcut to get even close considering the low standard, purchasing power and market potential that they have there.

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