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(NHL)   Sidney Crosby won't be getting a concussion until at least October 24 this year   ( divider line
    More: Sad, concussion, NHL players, New Hampshire  
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884 clicks; posted to Sports » on 04 Oct 2012 at 5:16 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-10-05 10:50:22 AM  

sdkOyOte: The lockout method is now the de facto choice of weapon for management to get labor into line. That is the base of it. Since they rebounded after the 04-05 season disaster they should have tried to keep the goood will of the fans going for them, but instead after seeing the NBA and NFL lockouts work so effectively, they went headfirst for the lockout as a negotiating tactic.

For that...
Well for that I have fallen to ambivalence to their product. Hell I am better off just playing instead of dishing out my hard earned money to an entertainment service that seems to continually screw over its support base. Ticket prices keep going up, as do the concessions. They have priced out large groups of fans, and record record profit then crry poor because owners cannot control the urge to throw money at players...

its their fault and they can suck it.

Good bye NHL.

A couple points: "record revenue" and "record profit" are not synonyms.

But more importantly, consider that the NHLPA made no effort at all to negotiate until the owners threatened the lockout. None. The owners made it clear long ago that they wanted/needed to make changes once the this CBA expired. They were met with silence from the union. Faced with that, the threat of a lockout became the only way to get Donald Fehr to the table. A lockout wasn't the owner's first choice of bargaining, it was the only choice given them by the NHLPA. And for all of Fehr's crying, he is the man who cancelled the 1994 World Series by calling a strike right before the playoffs, and he leads the union that called a strike before the 1992 playoffs. It is because of this that no major league will ever enter a season without a CBA. They won't ever risk that again.
2012-10-05 11:30:58 AM  

colonel0sanders: I wonder if NHL gamecenter live is going to automatically sign people up and charge them this year like they normally do.

It's been a bit of a relief that Direct Tv has suspended payment on the shortened season. A reduced rate will take effect when the season actually starts up. Notice I said "when".

/has faith
//may possibly just be blind, not wanting to accept reality
2012-10-05 12:37:29 PM  
I'm not normally a pessimist, but when you're talking about men on both sides who have egos the size of small planets combined with the insane amounts of money that will come with "winning" the labor battle, I don't see any reason to be optimistic and therefore don't see this getting resolved for a looooong time - possibly more than one season.

I really REALLY hope I'm wrong, but I'm not holding my breath. In the meantime, I'll add my voice to those saying that they're boycotting the NHL by not buying merchandise. If/when there's an on-ice product to support, then I'll reconsider.
2012-10-05 10:10:31 PM  

Swoop1809: Looks like I'll be sticking to College hockey

Have a Midget and a Mini-Mite....spending 4 days a week @ the rink already.

Season tickets for the NHL would probably have been cheaper, tho...
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