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OT: Dislike our ownership situation? It could be worse.

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The San Jose Sharks were eliminated this weekend from the NHL Playoffs. The San Jose Mercury News discusses the ownership situation they're dealing with, as they debate reloading vs. rebuilding (sound familiar?). For perspective, the San Jose metropolitan population is 1,975,342, and Portland's metropolitan population is 2,226,009. Imagine if we were discussing this, as the ownership situation for the Portland Trail Blazers: ---- After Greg Jamison stepped down as the team's CEO two years ago, the Sharks' chain of command became murky. There is no CEO. There is no team president. There are six executive vice presidents, including [Current Sharks GM Doug] Wilson, who are listed alphabetically in the team directory. Presumably, those six vice presidents all report to ownership -- but to whom, exactly? Questions about the power structure are met with zipped lips. This much, we know: There are 11 people in the Sharks' ownership group. The general feeling is that two of the 11 owners -- venture capitalist Kevin Compton and former VeriSign CEO Stratton Sclavos -- have louder voices than the others. Compton is seen most often around the rink. Sclavos was the driving force in a layoff-strewn downsizing of Sharks business-side personnel last summer. However, while Compton and Sclavos are presumably brilliant businessmen, neither man has a hockey background. [GM Doug] Wilson has been their No. 1 tutor in the sport. Let's pretend, then, that Compton and Sclavos are infuriated by what happened this season and want to dump Wilson. Where would they go to hire his replacement? How would they start the search? Who would they even consult? And as low-profile names, would they desire the media scrutiny that would accompany such a change? ----- Things can always be worse. Just a random "the grass is not always greener" moment. -- Tim

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