Sunday, November 25, 2012

0 NHL cancels more games, season at risk

By Justin Koehn

The other day I was just sitting around doing my regular twitterings when I saw the tweet I was expecting, but not wanting to see. It was the NHL announcing the cancellation of games through December 14th, as well as the All-Star game. After meetings being held over the last week, there was quite a bit of optimism on the outcome of the latest NHLPA proposal containing many concessions in the league and owners' favor. How did that turn out? Well I am still watching replays of game six and sevens on NHL network. Just today I watched the 2010 Blackhawks hoist the cup, as well as the 2012 Kings win from last year.

I don't know why I watched those games. I know how they turned out. I have even watched them several times in the past. Could it be that I am just wanting to watch hockey, or am I just putting my self through more pain knowing that this season may never happen? Now that more games have been cancelled, it is becoming more of a horse and pony show than anything on the NHL front. They have the same stupid post-meeting videos, with their same stupid faces.

The 04-05 season was officially called off on February 16th, 2005. While the holdouts from back then and now are a little different, one thing remains the same: We "The Fans" are still sitting on the bench wondering when this conflict will end. I have seen people taking to Twitter declaring they are no longer going to be a season ticket holder. Is this what the NHL wants? Explain to me, Mr. Bettman, what good can come from this?!? You do understand that your so called "Hockey Related Revenue" comes from the 60 dollars (average) tickets, 11 dollar beers, and countless jerseys we all go to the pro shops for? What about the local businesses in each of the hockey markets that have lost unthinkable amounts of money on the lack of games? The problem I have with this years lockout is the fact it is down to one thing for resolution: GREED.

First the premier game in the Winter Classic was cancelled, now the All-Star game and regular season games have tallied more cancellations. It brings me to a turning point in my hope and desire for resolution. Players aren't getting paid, and you know they want to play. We are now up to 422 total games gone for this season. Gary Bettman is even quoted as saying this: "The business is probably losing between $18 and $20 million a day and the players are losing between $8 and $10 million a day" (Source Wikipedia (totally reputable): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_NHL_lockout). That's an amazing amount of money. Team's employees are being laid off, in a time when jobs are hard to come by.

It will only be a matter of time before we get closer to that February day when they decide to call the whole thing off. At this point I would rather them just cancel it as a 30-40 game season wouldn't be the long stretch we have during normal times. I don't want a short season. I want an 82 game season. We all do. It is just too far gone now to save the entire season. We will be running into the preseason of the 2013-2014 season in September. That to me seems closer than a CBA agreement. Let's just hope they can get an agreement before the next season rolls around.

I am not completely giving up hope on this season, I am just giving up...

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