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#1 OFFLINE   durl

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Posted 17 January 2005 - 04:35 PM

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Ordinary people lose their jobs while the players refuse a salary cap which would still let them be millionaires many times over. Plus think about the people who work in the arenas that are not working as much as in the past. Not to mention businesses outside the arenas that lose revenue because of fewer events.

The players and the owners need to get their act together and solve this mess. The NHL as currently structured will go bankrupt so something needs to be done. Even Wayne Gretzky (who's been on both sides) says that his team is losing LESS money during the lockout than they would if they were playing. I believe the players should be happy that they get paid millions to play a game and they should accept the cap and get back on the ice.

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#2 OFFLINE   mainedish

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Posted 17 January 2005 - 04:47 PM

Canada makes something,,,,,,,,, Hockey Pucks.

#3 ONLINE   Stewart Vernon

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 12:54 AM

I heard something on the news the other day that said not only is this season gone, but possibly next season as well.

Figure that they aren't close to an agreement now and this season is toast... then figure every player lost an entire off-season and regular season of play/practice... then the pressure to negotiate goes away until sometime in the summer... could be the end of the NHL.

One thing that crossed my mind... How about if you were a coach that got fired last season? Man, think that you got fired before the lockout... was that a good thing or a bad thing?

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 02:45 AM

Forget the coach that got fired, how about being a coach that got HIRED, and you're not even a part of the fiasco that's causing the lockout.

Next season the WHA, which as been around in the past, is supposed to attempt to start a season with about 6 teams. If the lockout really is deadlocked into next season, this could be an interesting development to keep an eye on.

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 05:32 AM

Strangely left out of the story is the donation from the millionaire players to their unionized brothers at the puck factory to tide them over. The donations to arena workers also seems to be missing.

Its a whole lot like when arena workers, or umpires, or broadcast camara operators strike. And the so-called sports unions cross that picket line and work anyway.

Because the so-called sports unions hide behind the labor laws when they are to their advantage, but refuse to bargain about labor costs (the basic reason for a union) or honor the parts of unionism that don't help them.

Go owners!!! Break this union. As long as it takes.

#6 OFFLINE   Msguy

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 01:46 PM

Hockey has been a dieing sport for sometime now. Love Hockey or hate it most people here in the U.S. Like Football and Baseball a hell of alot better.

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Posted 19 January 2005 - 04:12 PM

Without a strong national fan base, or having a national tv contract, the players will not win. Having said that, it was a few owners that paid certain players anything they wanted that started this mess in the first place.

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Posted 19 January 2005 - 04:16 PM

Why do I have a feeling hockey may never be back.

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Posted 19 January 2005 - 08:20 PM

I doubt the NHL will be back anytime soon and if it comes back the fan base will be next to nil as players continue to go overseas. I could careless about the players and owners, but the economic effects of no hockey are being felt hard around here. Bars, grilles, sporting apparel and memorabilia shops all losing tons of cash, not to mention the arena staff.
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Posted 20 January 2005 - 10:40 AM

Locally, the AHL Manchester Monarchs are doing just fine thankyouverymuch! :)

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Posted 21 January 2005 - 03:01 AM

Our ECHL team, the Alaska Aces are doing quite well also, and as always, the UAA Seawolves are enjoyable to watch as well, in fact I'll be watching a UAA game tomorrow night.

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Posted 29 January 2005 - 03:34 PM

One good thing of many about having the Sports Pack (either DirecTV or Dish) is having the option to watch alternative hockey games such as collegiate or AHL.

When the NHL lockout is overwith and the season is back....I will reexamine my usual spending on the NHL Centre Ice package. I am seriously considering not getting it anymore.




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