NHL Lockout ends: players, owners come to agreement after 16-hour talks
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The NHL lockout is over: But is it too late?

1/6/13 in NHL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

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 PRESSWIREThere will be an NHL season, as the owners and players have reached a deal to end the lockout.

Some of the highlights of the terms:
It is a 10-year agreement, with an option to opt out for 8 years. So we'll have at least 8 seasons of lockout-free hockey.
The salary cap for the 2013-14 season will be $64.3M.
Free agent contracts can be a maximum of 7 years, or 8 years when a team is re-signing their own player.
Also, in order to prevent contracts that try to get around the salary cap, the lowest paying year of a contract can't be more than 50% of the highest season.

This deal salvages the 2013-14 season, but will it salvage the league in general?

After the 3rd lockout since 1994, many casual fans have lost patience with the league. Yes, they'll watch games on TV again, but they probably won't spend a lot of money going to games or buying apparel.

The diehard fans, as we've seen in the past, will always come back. There are many fans who can't live without hockey, and have been watching Junior Hockey tournaments on the NHL Network for the past few weeks, and are now doing backflips at the news that the lockout is over.

The casual fans, however, find it hard to empathize with either side. They just want a normal season with plenty of games. The last thing anyone wants to hear about is rich hockey players and richer owners arguing over amounts of money that most fans will never see in their lifetime.

Most likely, both the owners and players lost more money from this lockout than they would have lost if they had just caved to the other side's demands in the first place.

The NHL has a long road ahead of them, and they have a lot of work to do if they want to recover. Fortunately, with a shorter season, it just means playoff hockey will come sooner than normal. And if there's anything that can bring back fans, it's playoff hockey.

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1/7/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Eric_ wrote:
This timeline shows no such thing happened in November.

I was relying on memory but looking at your timeline confirmed my memory to be accurate.

1/7/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

ML31 wrote:
Way back in September I figured it would get settled at the last possible moment.  There was a little bit of hope last November when the owners made a HUGE concession the players rejected.  But still deep down I figured when push came to shove both sides knew the loss of another season could be devastating, if not catastrophic.  

I missed the games but wasn't devastated by the lockout.  I'll be right back pulling for our beloved Los Tiburones later this month. 

Welcome back to the land of the living, NHL.

This timeline shows no such thing happened in November.

1/6/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Way back in September I figured it would get settled at the last possible moment.  There was a little bit of hope last November when the owners made a HUGE concession the players rejected.  But still deep down I figured when push came to shove both sides knew the loss of another season could be devastating, if not catastrophic.  

I missed the games but wasn't devastated by the lockout.  I'll be right back pulling for our beloved Los Tiburones later this month. 

Welcome back to the land of the living, NHL.

1/6/13   |   kteacher   |   34349 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Am I missing something? Why would that be bad?

Because I've been waiting for them to raise the banner way more than the days this lock out lasted and I won't be in town to go that weekend. 

1/6/13   |   Jess   |   34615 respect

wrote:
Jess, word has it that CENTER ICE will be free to all of us for this season!  smiley

THAT would be excellent!

1/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

kteacher wrote:
I'm so excited, I may just go all week wearing Kings stuff!


And then just as quickly as I had that feeling, it was followed by another--j-----stupid JERKS! If the Kings banner raising happens MLK weekend, I'll be a bitter Becky. STupid Jerks!

Am I missing something? Why would that be bad?

1/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

(Edited by Eric_)

It may be too late, but the alternative is no season, which would likely be the beginning of the end. Either way, the league has enough problems getting eyeballs outside the diehards, and obviously the lockout didn't help.

The annoying thing is this could easily been at worst maybe a month of the season cancelled, and a 65 or so game schedule like the NBA last year, which in their case was forgiven pretty quickly. The problem is the owners were such hard liners for months that it was almost always going to go down to the wire. Note that when the owners finally gave a bit, things got moving.

1/6/13   |   Jess   |   34615 respect

I know I said I was over it, but as I suspected, this news just brought all my excitement and love for the game back. Apparently I'm die-hard. I'll be getting the center ice package simply because I can't live without my hockey. I've missed it too much.

(Stoney you still get hockey regardless of what's going on in the NHL. All I have in this stupid little outer BFE town is hockey on TV however i can get it. Don't judge me.)

1/6/13   |   richard_cranium   |   17672 respect

wrote:
yeah, kind of like the Cowboys season!  hahaha cheeky

Well the Cowboys went 8-8 so there was a Cowboys season, it just wasn't a good one.

1/6/13   |   richard_cranium   |   17672 respect

There hasn't been a hockey season this year?

1/6/13   |   kteacher   |   34349 respect

I'm so excited, I may just go all week wearing Kings stuff!


And then just as quickly as I had that feeling, it was followed by another--j-----stupid JERKS! If the Kings banner raising happens MLK weekend, I'll be a bitter Becky. STupid Jerks!

1/6/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25108 respect

As one of the most fervent hockey fans I know, I still can't look at this news and be excited about this year. 
I think the best word to describe me would be apathetic.  I won't be buying the center ice package like I do every year, and I have zero plans to buy tickets to any Avs games right now.
The league and NHLPA have done their damage to all fans outside the diehard circle.  If they wanted to use this lockout to get their house in order, I hope they realize that they also ensured their place in the common American sportsphere as a joke of a league

1/6/13   |   Debi_L   |   11847 respect

I have been feeling rather down this New Uear and didn't really know why. Now I do as this news has me practically dancing in the streets. Thank you. Go Flames!!!!