Opening Night

In an alternate universe, we would watch the puck drop for real tonight. The NHL would kick off its season and hockey fans everywhere would celebrate. Instead, we have the lockout and little hope of a resolution.

The thing that amazes me is that the two sides aren’t talking about the real issues.  In fact, they don’t seem to have any sense of urgency to get this resolved.  Is that because the gulf between the two sides is so large?  I don’t think anyone would ever admit that, but its hard not to draw that conclusion.

Here’s the thing, league revenues have gone up to over $3 billion since the last lockout.  The salary cap has increased every year.  Yet, the owners complain that the cost certainty they claimed to have achieved in the last CBA has eluded them. It’s hard for me to see how that’s possible.  Furthermore, the Canadian Dollar has risen to above parity with the U.S. Dollar, eliminating the imbalance between U.S. and Canadian clubs.

The two sides need to figure this out quickly.  Another prolonged lockout could prove fatal to the popularity of hockey here in the U.S..  Baseball, Football and Basketball can get away with labor strife, hockey isn’t in their league.

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  • blmeanie  On October 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

    disappointing, perhaps the NHL will fold and be reborn without Bettman. Maybe there will again be a team in Atlanta, maybe I will believe in the Easter Bunny again…

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