I spent almost a year writing about a team that didn’t exist, which was frustrating at times, but it was for the most part, expected. But never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be following the naming of that very team five months after it became a reality. Yet here we are, still more than a month away from the tentative team name unveil date (it’s currently set for November 22nd), and in a way, there’s still no official end in sight.
So don’t get me wrong, I’m as frustrated and as impatient as anyone reading this website. However, I’m here today to try and take a stab at putting a positive spin on the delay. It all stemmed from a quote from a profile piece on The Creator from Worth Magazine.
During salary negotiations, Foley remembers McPhee saying, “‘Bill, you put what you think is reasonable in front of me, and I’ll sign it. I want to win the Stanley Cup.’ I said, ‘This is my man. This is my guy.’” -Noah Davis, Worth Magazine
It’s been a common theme, winning over money. From the first time we met The Creator way back in 2014 he said it. He said it on the podium moments after he was awarded the league’s 31st franchise, and he’s said it at every pass since. Never once has that piece of rhetoric wavered, and here it was again, this time discussing the type of person he decided to hire.
However, I’ve always viewed it through the lens of how it will affect decisions on hockey operations. How he won’t be afraid to spend the extra buck to sign the right free agent. How he’ll give the go ahead for the GM to hire that highly paid coach. And how no matter what, there will never be a moment in which the front office, the players, or the fans ever feel as though the owner’s bank account is standing in the way of success.
But what if the “winning is greater than money” mantra extends to every piece of this new franchise, not just on the ice. As frustrated as we all are about how long it’s taking to pick an adjective to precede the word Knights, imagine what the delay must feel like for the guy who will be getting a monetary cut of every single jersey, t-shirt, hat, and anything else that has a Something Knights logo on it.
Every day that goes by is another day he’s not making money selling gear for his new hot product. Think of the hundreds of thousands of dollars being left on the table, all so he can “do it right.”
The name, the logo, the colors, the jerseys, heck even how all this will finally be shared to the public, it all must be perfect. Anything short is simply unacceptable. Is that not exactly what you want to hear from your favorite sports franchise?
They are doing it with the team name for Christ’s sake. Imagine what it’ll be like during the Expansion Draft, the Entry Draft, Free Agency, and most importantly, when the Las Vegas Perfect Adjective Knights finally hit the ice.
Is it annoying being on the outside looking in wondering when it’s all going to end? Absolutely. But is it also possible we are looking at a highly publicized microcosm of the way this organization is being run in the future? You tell me.
How I got all that from the quote up above, I have no clue. But it’s something to think about, cause you and I know damn well, speculating on when this process is going to end might be the only thing worse than Campaign 2016. Might as well think about something else.