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«Accident is done quickly» – Sports News: Ice Hockey


Marc Luthi, CEO of SCB and often talk about Switzerland hockey outside. When was he first told you about his idea of ​​six foreigners?

It was not that he called me in blue and said he had an idea. Discussions about the explosion of costs last for almost two years. President Kloten Hans-Ulrich Lehmann was the initiator, and after the first meeting, the clubs made a concept paper with suggestions to stop the spiral of wages. There were ten, eleven approaches. Some quickly left the table as a canvas that is incompatible with our labor laws. In the end, there was an idea: an increase in foreigners.

Is it not ironic that President Cloten, who led his club to the Swiss League and who would soon give up, is shaping the future?

Lehman quickly made this hurt place a hot topic. He helped him to be impartial. In June at a league meeting, then we voted to be a consultant on the rise of foreigners. Four clubs were for, eight against. So the topic was actually out of the table. But Bern and Servet returned him to the wall by an official request.

You voted Not in June?

Right. Given that the number of foreigners is a strategic decision, we discussed the matter in the Board of Directors. And we were unanimous against that. Although I see that raising aliens can have an effect if it is done properly. But then you have to be consistent.

"If a player has a good season, the agent immediately requires a salary increase of over 100 percent."

It means?

The fifth and sixth parties should be really cheap. But I think the clubs would not hold on to it.

Are there these mini arcobels to which Marc Luti dreams? For 120,000 francs?

There are cheap foreigners of good quality in Europe. At GCC, we had Blaine Dovn or Chris Foucault. There are many AHL Canadians in the UK. The best foreigners earn 2,000 pounds a week for 30 weeks. Then we would be at 80,000 francs. They have to pay the fees themselves. In Slovakia, top players receive 60,000, 70,000 francs. But as I said: I do not think the reason for the clubs would be big enough to get only such cheap players.

Speaking of reason. If the clubs were reasonable, they would simply not be able to fulfill the Swiss players for each request for payment. Or not?

It's so easy. Of course, the club decides what to pay. But agents use market imbalance. The demand for good Swiss players is higher than the offer. If the current player has a favorable season, the agents demand an equal pay increase of over 100 percent. And they trade all the clubs in order to raise prices.

Why do not you say: we will not pay, end?

We can say that. But not in all cases. Six foreigners would increase our maneuvering room. But the risks that follow such a decision are too great. On the one hand, then too much money is spent on expensive foreigners. Secondly, Swiss players remain on the track. For example, Pius Suter was with us 19 regular and made a wonderful development. But what if we used six foreigners?

"German ice hockey still suffers from the opening of foreigners today, 25 years later."

He barely played.

Right. Especially for boys in the National League, the increase can be fatal. And then Swiss hockey on ice would permanently damage. German ice hockey still suffers from the opening of foreigners today. 25 years later. The catastrophe is done quickly, the correction lasts for years.

Clubs can also fix the market imbalance by training more players. Like Sweden and Finland. Would not that make more sense?

Yes. But you can not change it within two years. If we manage to expand the base today, which would be very desirable, we will only feel the effects after one, two generation players. The simple fact is that the Swedes and Finns in the youth field have more players. Ice Hockey is the number one in them, we are in competition with many sports. And then there is another problem.

That would be?

Compatibility of school and sports. The clubs launched an initiative to create isolated solutions with private schools, but cantonal or even government-sponsored too little. In Scandinavia, the school is adapted to sport at sports academies, with us in reverse.

What do you think about the requirement for clubs to put a certain number of U-20 players on the match? You can also reduce costs.

We talked about this idea, but we rejected it again. Because there is a high risk that juniors in quota will be caught in a team with one or two missions. That would be bad for their development. Then they play better with Elite Juniors or in the Swiss League.

How are you down with twelve to ten teams?

The advantage would be that we have 40 to 50 players on the market. However, the gaps go beyond there. The map of Switzerland is perfectly filled with ice hockey. If two clubs are rejected, the region could be weakened or disappeared. And to get 50 games with ten teams? Smaller games have less revenue, and this would also affect the television contract.

In 2008, Marc Luthi proposed to increase to five foreigners. At the time, five clubs voted yes, seven no. And now?

It'll be the same. Bern, Davos, Lausanne and Servette for, Lugano still seems undecided, but we are, Ambri, Biel, Friborg, Langnau, Rappersvil, Zug.

Could clubs change their position?

I do not think like that. What should they lead to the word to the contrary so far? That would only hurt their credibility.

Or is there a possible compromise: an increase from four to five foreigners instead of six?

No chance! This proposal is not on the table. This can only be decided through the votes of attendance. It needed not only a simple majority, but three-quarters of the votes. And I would very much defend myself against such a vote. This variant was not seriously verified. Such an important strategic decision can not be implemented so quickly with contramotion. That would be suspicious.

(Editors Tamedia)

Created: 08.11.2018, 23:50

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