Oh great, now the NHL has a lockout looming, too
Yes, this is the same National Hockey League that cancelled the entire 2004-05 season because of a lockout. Can't they learn to just drop gloves and settles their disputes in a fistfight, like real men do?
Talks between that NHL and the players' union went nowhere on Thursday, with both sides girding down for a lockout. The deadline for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is September 15. If there's no agreement by then, expect that the NHL season will not start on it's scheduled October 11 date.
You think this is bad news for you? SB Nation reports that if the entire NHL season is missed, NBC still has to pay up $200 million to the NHL owners.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman tried to explain the lockout to the New England Sports Network. Bettman told NESN, "Whether or not we're talking about these contract or system issues or we're talking about revenue sharing, it's clear that we're at a point where it's going to be difficult to move this process along until we deal with the fundamental economic issues, and certainly as it relates to the fundamental economic issue, we are far apart both in terms of magnitude and structure."
In plain English, Mr. Bettman?
"We believe we're paying out more than we should be," Bettman said. "And it's as simple as that."
Some player lockouts are complicated, and involve many factors to a complex Collective Bargaining Agreement. This one is not complicated at all. NHL owners want to cut the players' salaries, and the players want the current salary structure.
Until then, the conflict continues with NHL games likely to be missed. Unfortunately, don't expect any fists to fly.