September 13th is the day that Gary Bettman will address the media about where both sides are in the new collective bargaining agreement and just how far away the two sides are. Many pundits also believe he will take a vote from the owners asking them if they support his strategy of locking the players out. I can’t really say I didn’t see this coming.
If the players don’t give in to Bettman’s demands the league will lockout for the third time in eighteen years. As of right now I’d put the odds of a work stoppage at 100%. With the type of demands the owners are giving the players should lockout. They deserve better.
My response to the owners is simple: If you care about losing some money you probably shouldn’t be owning a sports franchise in the first place. It’s a losing business owning a sports franchise. With the way some of these owners act, you’d think they didn’t know what they were getting themselves into in the first place when they bought a team.
Here’s a quote from John W Henry, the owner of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool FC.
Finally, I can say with authority that our ownership is not about profit. Contrary to popular opinion, owners rarely get involved in sports in order to generate cash. They generally get involved with a club in order to compete and work for the benefit of their club. It’s often difficult. In our case we work every day in order to generate revenues to improve the club.
That quote was taken from an open letter he sent to the fans of Liverpool FC. You can read the entire letter here. Speaking of an open letter to the fans, could you imagine the hilarity of James Dolan sending an open letter to the fans 10 years ago describing the Rangers fails? Oh what a great read that would have been.
So prepare for Gary Bettman to get his wish on September 13th. I hope you enjoy other sports to get through the loss of hockey for the time being. I for one will be rooting die hard for the Giants tonight. If they win it might even make me forget about the impending lockout for about a day.
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