September 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a press conference at the Crowne Plaza Times Square. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Some Lockout Thoughts

Well the day has come. Ownership has just given full backing of a lockout. Here we go again. Hopefully this time both sides end up caving to a fair deal. Here are some thoughts that have crossed my mind.

  • I’m not going to worry about an entirely lost season until players start jumping ship to Europe. That is when it’s time to worry and all hope is lost.
  • Going past november is basically the point of no return for a full NHL season. A new schedule would have to be drawn up if it goes past a certain point in November. That would be bad.
  • Will Bettman force the owners to cave a bit to save the Winter Classic? That game is such a cash cow for the league and that could give the players some leverage.
  • Speaking of which if I was apart of the players association and there’s no new CBA by December I’d give the owners an ultimatum at that point. I’d say if you don’t like this offer I’m out of here.
  • Owners have to understand that owning a sports franchise should be looked at as a hobby, and not as a way to make money. They’re setting themselves up for failure if they get into this business and try to turn a profit.
  • While turning a profit isn’t impossible if your in a big market, owners have to accept that at times there will be losses.
  • I don’t understand why the small market teams aren’t breaking the ranks in these negotiations. It’s the big market teams not sharing enough revenue that’s the problem.
  • How would you as fans feel if the NHL had a sponsorship in front of it’s name? I personally wouldn’t care. This would be an easy way for the league to pull in some dollars if they wanted to. Everyone would still call it the NHL. Just because the English Premier League is called the Barclays Premier League, that doesn’t stop people from calling it the English Premier League.

 

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