NHL cancels more games plus the All-Star Game
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NHL scratches two more weeks of games, kills 2013 All-Star Game

11/23/12 in NHL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - NHL cancels more games plus the All-Star GameHockey fans across North America will let out a collective "Puck You!" on Black Friday. It's now official -- the NHL lockout will go deeper into December, and the 2013 NHL All-Star Game is flat-out canceled. The NHL has now canceled all regular season games through December 14, and the NHL All-Star Game scheduled for January 27 in Columbus, Ohio.

On paper, today's cancellation represents only two weeks worth of regular season hockey games. Games had already been canceled through November 30. The trouble with today's announcement is the very clear possibility that the next cancellation announced will be the entire remainder of the NHL season.

The league announced the cancellation of more NHL games plus the All-Star Game on Friday. That brings the total number of lost games to 422, representing nearly 35% of the 2012-13 NHL season. The season would have started October 11.

Fans with tickets to the All-Star game in Columbus, or the other skills competitions and events scheduled for All-Star weekend, will receive full refunds. For many, that won't be enough.

Blog Photo - NHL cancels more games plus the All-Star Game"You knew it was coming, but I hoped that they would get together and fix (the lockout) up," Columbus Blue Jackets season ticket holder Brian Jack told the Sporting News. "For season-ticket holders who have watched the Blue Jackets struggle for a number of years with the product on the ice, the All-Star game was supposed to be a bright spot. Now that's gone."

It looked like a light at the end of the lockout tunnel Wednesday, when the NHL and the players' union met in person. The players submitted a proposal that accepted the 50-50 revenue split that the owners had sought (players had been making 57% of the NHL's revenue in recent seasons).

There was, however, a catch in the players' 50-50 proposal. The players still want the full value of contracts already signed to be honored, rather than scaled down to meet the 50-50 threshold. Owners have offered $211 million for a "make whole" provision -- a fund that would go toward compensating players who saw the value of their individual contract to go down. The players have countered this by requesting that the "make whole" fund be valued at $393 million.

In other words, the sides are really only $182 million apart. Now consider that last season, the NHL reported $3 billion in revenue. So apparently the NHL and its players are willing to lose $3 billion to argue over $182 million.
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11/28/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Same old same old.  More canceled games.  If this drags deep into January I will be a little surprised.  I still think it will be resolved before then.  We will get an abbreviated schedule (Lets face it, the season is too long to begin with) and a playoff.  Which is the best part of hockey.

Regarding Betteman...  This I think was his first big mistake as Commissioner.  He has done fine up to now.  A bit part of the problem also lies with Donald Fehr.  Ruining MLB wasn't good enough for him....  Now he has to ruin the NHL too?  He needs to head the NFLPA next.  Bring that monster down do size.

11/27/12   |   WolfieNY1   |   45 respect

Debi_L wrote:
You know it has gotten absolutely painful to read the details of the supposed negotiations.  While the argument continues to be made that the strike is good for "feeder series hockey" it really isn't.   While we might enjoy watching an occasional AHL or NCAA game, unless you have a personal interest in a team, it isn't something you are going to give up NHL for.  It isn't YOUR team, YOUR favorite player,  YOUR rivalry. 

$128 million? Get your egos in check NHL and fix our Damn hockey!!!

I find the whole thing pitiful.  We are in a very difficult time where people are losing their jobs and people who are trying to find work are struggling cause of the poor job market and these guys are also hurting people who rely on the games for their own paychecks.  The people that sells the hot dogs and beer, or the merchandise. Surrounding restaurants and bars near arenas. ETC.

11/27/12   |   WolfieNY1   |   45 respect

The NHL is making such a horrible mistake by having another lock out. And a reminder, under Bettman's "regime" this has been the 3rd time this has happened.  The NHL is not as popular as say the NFL or the NBA in the states,. The NBA had it's lock out last year and it has bounced back. For the casual NHL fan they may shrug and not be all that upset cause they can fall back on the NBA and the NFL.  But to a loyalist NHL fan they are the ones getting the bad end of this and I don't think they can recover the way other pro sports have done in the past.   I just sit and watch the NHL network of old games or whatever but it is still not the same.   Both sides need to grow up and get this resolved even to have 1/2 a season to try to save some face.

11/26/12   |   Scott   |   54656 respect

I wish there were a way us hockey fans could impeach Gary Bettman.  He should lost his job years ago

11/25/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

jaysinw wrote:
I agree, but I have to admit I do know enjoy watching the NCAA a Lot more especially because it is on NBC sports, which is the only way I can see NCAA hockey in Florida or when I am over seas.

Still I cannot wait till the NHL is back on track so I can watch it cheering and yelling for my team and against others.

because I'm in Canada, we normally have NHL on one channel or another most any time a game is being played - TSN, SportsNet (4divisions), CBC, Score, plus any US Channels that might be showing a game. I'm watching a lot more Storage Wars, Canada's Worst Driver, Hoarders, etc. etc. etc.

11/25/12   |   jaysinw   |   5039 respect

Debi_L wrote:
You know it has gotten absolutely painful to read the details of the supposed negotiations.  While the argument continues to be made that the strike is good for "feeder series hockey" it really isn't.   While we might enjoy watching an occasional AHL or NCAA game, unless you have a personal interest in a team, it isn't something you are going to give up NHL for.  It isn't YOUR team, YOUR favorite player,  YOUR rivalry. 

$128 million? Get your egos in check NHL and fix our Damn hockey!!!

I agree, but I have to admit I do know enjoy watching the NCAA a Lot more especially because it is on NBC sports, which is the only way I can see NCAA hockey in Florida or when I am over seas.

Still I cannot wait till the NHL is back on track so I can watch it cheering and yelling for my team and against others.

11/25/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

You know it has gotten absolutely painful to read the details of the supposed negotiations.  While the argument continues to be made that the strike is good for "feeder series hockey" it really isn't.   While we might enjoy watching an occasional AHL or NCAA game, unless you have a personal interest in a team, it isn't something you are going to give up NHL for.  It isn't YOUR team, YOUR favorite player,  YOUR rivalry. 

$128 million? Get your egos in check NHL and fix our Damn hockey!!!