Lockout looms at Bettman sets deadline


Fans beware: the NHL is facing a lockout.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has set a deadline of Sept. 15 for a a new collective bargaining agreement between players and owners, the CBC reports. That leaves 37 days of brinkmanship before fans gets shafted.

Bettman said “time is getting short and the owners are not prepared to operate under this collective bargaining agreement for another season, so we need to get to making a deal and doing it soon.” Meanwhile, player rep Donald Fehr said  “there is a meaningful gulf” between the parties.

On the bright side, a lockout will save Sydney Crosby from the risk of injury. Then again, it is never fun watching rich players do battle with richer owners.

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Lockout looms at Bettman sets deadline

  1. Boo Bettman Boo Fuhr!

  2. There’s a lot of handwringing in the media already about the nation being deprived of hockey again. Wrong…it’s not hockey, it’s the NHL. Big difference.

  3. How many team jerseys are sold annually with a team owner name on them?
    In fact the only thing about a hockey team that a fan doesn’t care about is the owner.

    When will we see rules the rein in owners shameful ticket prices? How about 50% of the seats must be sold for the equivalent of one day of pay at minimum wage in the city that the arena is located? Of course not! Never! Ridiculous!

    Players and fans make the game of hockey a great sport, owners are just there to skim off a huge chunk of the profits generated by the game. Which of these groups is needed?

    I hope the players shut the owners down, and when the owners compromise in a reasonable manner, I hope the players refuse to report for a length of time equal to the lockout.

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