NHL on the verge of yet another lockout

Oh great, now the NHL has a lockout looming, too

8/23/12 in NHL   |   JoeKukura   |   486 respect

Blog Photo - NHL on the verge of yet another lockoutAfter the NBA cancelled 16 games in 2011 and the NFL cancelled a week of preseason games last year, the NHL apparently also wants in on this action of locking out players, missing games, and infuriating fans. Thanks to a labor dispute between NHL owners and players, it's looking more and more like the NHL will lock its players out and miss the scheduled beginning of the 2012-13 NHL season.

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.

Blog Photo - NHL on the verge of yet another lockout 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.
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9/30/12   |   jvuk1   |   16 respect

Bettman and the owners don't care about our petitions, 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!

9/4/12   |   bpaul2215

it's all over money when it comes down to it. sad to see cause people in the real world are struggling to make ends meet and these players and owners are complaining because they cant make 10 million.. they only get 5 million. oh boo hooo, they have it so rough dont they?!!! greed is human's worst trait... and it's showing here

8/30/12   |   sbmisty1   |   2 respect

Scott wrote:
Where the hell was Gary Bettman when the Minnesota Wild were handing out a pair of 13 year, $98 million contracts to Gary Suter and Zach Parise this past off season?

The Minnesota Wild were not the only teams handing out long term big money deals this off season.  I wonder if they have a no ply no pay clause in them or if they get paid lock out or not.

8/28/12   |   anthonyrichardlouisnaught   |   1753 respect

I think Gary Bettman needs to be cross checked by the entire team around the rink the next time he hands off the Stanley Cup trophy. seriously. And when they do cross check him, run him into the boards or the goal posts. Beady eyed f*cking weasel.

8/28/12   |   ML31   |   3658 respect

Normally in these type of disputes I side with owners as players generally aren't the ones taking the financial risk.  But in this case, I'm with the players.  Owners already lost an entire season to get what they wanted.  A cap.  And now that's not enough?  If the cap isn't working for them it's their own damn fault. 

But on the flip side, a shortened season is not a bad thing at all.  The season is already too long.

8/23/12   |   kteacher   |   34303 respect

Scott wrote:
Where the hell was Gary Bettman when the Minnesota Wild were handing out a pair of 13 year, $98 million contracts to Gary Suter and Zach Parise this past off season?

not to mention the other long term big money deals handed out this off season.......sigh. ..........


Selfishly, I'm upset that the night I've been waiting 25 years for, may be postponed. (STanley Cup Championship banner)

8/23/12   |   Scott   |   51860 respect

Where the hell was Gary Bettman when the Minnesota Wild were handing out a pair of 13 year, $98 million contracts to Gary Suter and Zach Parise this past off season?