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WILSON: If the guy is good, it doesn't matter. Golf, a predominantly white sport, is hitching its wagon to a black, Tiger Woods. Tiger is that great. Golf didn't change the rules to allow Tiger to win three majors this year. That hockey player will come, and he'll just be there, whether he's black, white, American, Canadian, Russian.
SHANAHAN: We have a tradition in hockey in which the greatest players in the game are expected to be humble, to be team guys. We're not going to have a Dennis Rodman. We won't allow it. That's something that is great about our game, that our stars are also expected to be team players.
SI: Glen, how many franchises will be left in Canada five years from now?
SATHER: Maybe one, maybe two.
SI: Toronto and what other city?
SATHER: Maybe Montreal. The reality is, the Canadian teams can't compete because they don't create enough revenue in American dollars, and that's because of the exchange problem. [The Canadian dollar is worth about 68 cents U.S.] O.K., maybe you can compete, but you can't win.
MEEHAN: If you want to talk about the difference between American and Canadian teams, check out the deal [Predators owner] Craig Leipold has in Nashville. He's got municipal funding. The government virtually bought the arena for them. It built the practice facility for them. He got naming rights. Leipold has walked into the biggest score of the century. I mean, so now you talk about....
SATHER: But that's free enterprise.
MEEHAN: It is. But we're talking about a business that has to work for 30 teams, and you've just raised an issue about franchises. What are [the Predators] doing for their partners in Canada?
SATHER: No, that's not true, Don. They're in the Canadian Assistance plan, the same as the rest of the teams. They're contributing money to the Canadian teams. What teams have to do is control their spending, and for five years they haven't done that. Expenses are killing them.