I am not sure if money is the only issue here but they need to resolve this.
NHL is one league with near parity. If they could get more predictability as well, they would be able to get somewhere. There is a lot of room for growth. I think that the US is more open to growth with hockey vs. basketball.
But these leagues do not learn. 1992, they went most of the year off. Lost most of their viewership. But they didn’t learn anything.
I guess stupidity is cyclical.