Thursday, October 4, 2012

0 NHL cancels regular season games


By Justin Koehn

As was predicted, the NHL has started canceling regular season games of the 2012-2013 season. The season was set to start on October 11th, but according to NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr "The decision to cancel the first two weeks of the NHL season is the unilateral choice of the NHL owners." He went on to say, "If the owners truly cared about the game and fans, they would lift the lockout and allow the season to begin on time while negotiations continue."

Negotiations have been taking place, but no common ground has been met on the economic issues that are at the center of the deal. Under the previous CBA, the players were getting 57% of the hockey related revenue and the NHL now wants to bring that down to around 47% under a new agreement. That is quite a difference that I do not believe the players are willing to accept.

In a tweet by Andy Strickland (@andystrickland), he stated he was told the NHLPA is working on a proposal and will present it to the NHL soon. Hopefully this will be enough of a compromise that the NHL will accept or at least counter with an offer that isn't a ten percent decline from the revenue share they were getting under the previous bargaining agreement, as the league is proposing now. 

The following is a statement directly from the NHL they posted on NHL.com earlier:

"The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012-13 regular-season schedule through October 24. A total of 82 regular-season games were scheduled for Oct. 11 through Oct. 24.
The cancellation was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players' Association and the NHL."

It doesn't really give many details, as would be expected. It doesn't state if more talks are scheduled, nor does it give the fans anything to look forward to other than sitting in the dark waiting to hear of more game cancellations. 

It was said around 100 million dollars were lost just from the cancelled preseason games according to the Associated Press. The latest cancellations are only going to be more of a loss. I believe the biggest loss the NHL will see is fans if they continue this horse and pony show much longer. 

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