NHL Lockout officially begins

Apparently the NHL hates having fans and making money

9/16/12 in NHL   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

June 11, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) blocks the puck during the third period of game six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils at the Staples Center.  The Kings won the game 6-1 and won the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIREFor the third time in the Gary Bettman era and the 2nd time in 8 years, NHL players have been locked out by the owners.

This is catastrophic timing by the NHL, whose owners have all but ensured that fans won't even bother coming back if they miss games this year, or worse yet, an entire season. Again.

The league is still recovering from the negative effects of the lockout-shortened season in 1994 and the entire missed 2004-05 season. Any missed time this year would have far more harmful effects on league revenue than even the worst collective bargaining agreement possible for either side.

With the Los Angeles Kings winning a championship, the NHL finally had an opportunity to once again make serious headway in the southern half of the United States, and in an enormous city like LA.

Bettman's atrocious handling of this situation has the league once again on the brink of dropping into irrelevance.

Right now, hockey is a distant 4th behind the NFL, MLB and NBA among the major sports in the United States. It now risks moving even further behind.

The owners want a larger portion of revenue, but what they're failing to realize is that by locking the players out and potentially missing games, they're lowering the revenue even more.

Hockey is a great sport, and there are few things more exciting than playoff hockey in particular. The NHL needs to get their players on the ice and show that to the world. THAT is how they'll make money, not by trying to take a bigger chunk away from the players.

If the NHL misses another season, will you ever watch again?
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10/10/12   |   jvuk1   |   16 respect

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9/30/12   |   jvuk1   |   16 respect

Bettman and the owners don't care about us, just our money The only thing we can do is boycott spending money on the NHL until that pariah is banished from our game

The CBA has expired 3x during bettman's tenure as nhl (it doesn't deserve´╗┐ captal letters as long as he's there) commissioner and he has locked out the players (and us) every time. He uses it as a negotiating tactic

They give us empty arenas

Let's give them empty arenas when they unlock the doors

#nomoelockouts

#nobettman!

9/26/12   |   Hilblee   |   1515 respect

Well, maybe not Done done.  Geez, I dont know, Im just mad.  I sat thru all the others and came back so what the hell.  Bastages!  Wings should be playing the Pens tonight-------argggg

9/26/12   |   Hilblee   |   1515 respect

No I will not.  I love the Wings but if this season doesnt happen----Im done.

9/19/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

I think the idea that a work stoppage will severely retard the growth of hockey in the USA is a little overboard.  The only thing that I think will set the game back would be if the playoffs were canceled.  At this point I really don't think it will come to that. 

My prediction...  We will lose two or three months of season, get a settlement and then a shortened regular season will ensue.  The shortened season will create new excitement as the games will be more meaningful than the usual way too long 82 game season.  And in the end the League will likely be in the same position it was before the lockout.  A niche sport that is big in the towns it is in but almost nonexistent everywhere else.

The bulk of the damage will be economic to the teams (that they will likely recoup quickly) and more importantly to the establishments near all the NHL rinks that will lose planned for game day business.

9/17/12   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25347 respect

The thing that sucks is you hear Bettman talk about how this current system is unsustainable, but right after the last lockout, he was championing what a great deal that was.  Over that time, the revenues have gone up, attendance has gone up, and the average salary has risen by almost a million dollars.  The fact of the matter is that the league is unwilling to admit to the mistakes they've made and the number of fledgling franchises that are weakening the league as a whole.  It's hard to feel sorry for these owners when they complain about salaries and terms of contracts when they are dealing out 12 year $100+ million dollar deals.

9/17/12   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

Pat wrote:
Well... to be quite honest... the Kings won the Cup, and he's the only player on the team whose name I know. Hockey isn't exactly my area of expertise, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that the owners are shooting themselves in the foot right now.

If there's one thing that applies across every sport, it is that work stoppages aren't good for anyone.

Figured that. lol 

9/17/12   |   Scott   |   53899 respect

Now that the St. Louis Blues are once again relevant, it figures something like this would happen no

9/17/12   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Also, Jess and Becky... diehard fans like you two will never stop being hockey fans. But there aren't that many people like you. The NHL needs more than just the diehards. They need the millions of casual fans who drive up TV ratings, top off the attendance numbers, etc.

Every sport has thousands of great diehard fans who will stick around no matter what, but the real money is in the millions of casual fans. And there's nothing that drives them away faster than work stoppages.

9/17/12   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

kteacher wrote:
Grrrrr.....I wanted a whole season of KINGS are the Champs greatness. indecision


Well.....Pat used a Quick pic up there, I guess that is something. 

Well... to be quite honest... the Kings won the Cup, and he's the only player on the team whose name I know. Hockey isn't exactly my area of expertise, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that the owners are shooting themselves in the foot right now.

If there's one thing that applies across every sport, it is that work stoppages aren't good for anyone.

9/17/12   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

Jess wrote:
Oh my love for the game won't fade...it can't. But this league (not the players) is just....I'm just really disappointed right now.

Hey, I guess the longer the lockout goes on, the longer the Kings are Stanley Cup champs, right? :)

Grrrrr.....I wanted a whole season of KINGS are the Champs greatness. indecision


Well.....Pat used a Quick pic up there, I guess that is something. 

9/17/12   |   Jess   |   34891 respect

kteacher wrote:
My love for the game won't fade......it just won't. I'm in.....for the long haul. They (the owners) know they have me and the rest like me, what they are too stupid to realize is that the bunch of new ones they may have gotten from last season won't be around when they finally get their heads out of their arses. The Kings sold out their season ticket limit.........first time ever. They have 15,000 who now have season tickets. I'm still buying STanley Cup stuff (I may have a problem.) as are others. I couldn't wait to hear teams welcome the "Stanley Cup Champion KINGS" to their home arenas-----------------or see the banner raised. The owners screwed me (I'm always holding out hope they come to their senses) out of this. Bastages! I hope they all trip and hurt themselves. 

Oh my love for the game won't fade...it can't. But this league (not the players) is just....I'm just really disappointed right now.

Hey, I guess the longer the lockout goes on, the longer the Kings are Stanley Cup champs, right? :)

9/17/12   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

My love for the game won't fade......it just won't. I'm in.....for the long haul. They (the owners) know they have me and the rest like me, what they are too stupid to realize is that the bunch of new ones they may have gotten from last season won't be around when they finally get their heads out of their arses. The Kings sold out their season ticket limit.........first time ever. They have 15,000 who now have season tickets. I'm still buying STanley Cup stuff (I may have a problem.) as are others. I couldn't wait to hear teams welcome the "Stanley Cup Champion KINGS" to their home arenas-----------------or see the banner raised. The owners screwed me (I'm always holding out hope they come to their senses) out of this. Bastages! I hope they all trip and hurt themselves. 

9/17/12   |   Jess   |   34891 respect

I hate this too. I love hockey, but the owners and Gary Bettman are doing nothing for my already fading love for the NHL. I'm sick of the nonsense.

9/17/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

UGH! I hate this! This morning's news featured the information that a bunch of players have signed overseas to play in the European league.