This is not looking good for the NHL lockout. Last week, the league canceled games all the way through October 24.
This means the Anaheim Ducks will lose five home games, and six games total in that time.
The Los Angeles Kings are losing four home games, and six games total, but may suffer an even larger blow.
Hockey fans in Southern California are more plentiful than they've been in years, in part due to the Kings winning the Stanley Cup. By them delaying their season, they risk that the new, and potentially fair-weather fans, would lose interest, especially with the newly refueled Lakers taking off in the same city, at the same time.
LA has always been more of a basketball town than a hockey one, but the Kings were putting pressure on the other fan bases. This lockout could significant affect their newfound fan base.
What hockey players and owners both have to be wondering is how is this happening again?
Gary Bettman, the NHL's commissioner, has presided over now three lockouts.
During each one, players and owners are losing money. Sure, they have their demands, but since the Commish works for the owners, essentially, don't they have to be asking themselves how to get him out of town?
Hopefully for all involved, the lockout is settled soon, but it isn't looking like it's anywhere on the horizon.