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Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by la24philly, Jul 9, 2012.
winter classic is now lost
Not going to make NBC happy at all.
And I'm out. No season again, folks. Thanks, owners, you jerkbags.
There are two sides that got us to where we are. Blame both of them.
The players were happy to play under the previous CBA until they had a new agreement. The owners were not. Thus the lockout. Mostly the owners' faults.
Of course the players were willing to continue. Under every league proposal so far, the player's share of HRR is going to be reduced. I'm guessing the players would play for another seven years under the old CBA. But although I don't think the league has come out and said it directly, their cap/floor plan based on total revenue of the league had the more prosperous teams funding the failing teams. And that is something they need to make some adjustments to. One of the Canadian stations looked at this current season before the lockout. With the old CBA and anticipated revenues increasing 5% over the 3 billion of last year and the players getting 57%, there was going to be a $250-300 million shortfall that the owner's were going to have to pay.
Some encouraging news from the weekend.
NBC Replaces Canceled NHL Game With 1997 “Days of Our Lives” Rerun
Only off by a day.
At least there is some live hockey on TV. NHL network has a CHL game tonight and NBCSP has a college game (Vermont @ Dartmouth), with Pierre McGuire as the color commentator.
What appears to be a fairly comprehensive listing of college hockey on TV including DirecTV and Dish channels: College Hockey News
good news folks we finally might be looking at the end of the NHL lockout
both sides made real progress finally made concessions and now talks about a 58-64 game season are possible
Reading updates on Twitter. Talks went until around 1am and are scheduled to resume around noon today. One rumor was that the season could start on Christmas day.
Was anything said at the 'lectern' they they put up last night?
Not much. NHLPA to hold some internal meetings today and then back to meetings afternoon. Or at least that is the plan. Six owners and about eighteen players have been meeting. No Bettman or Don Fehr.
Here is some info for you: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=410987
$50m Pension is still an issue due to the different laws (Canadian/ US). Elliotte Friedman (HNIC) pointed out that US teams can pay appx $20,000.00 more tax free than Canadian teams can. Canadian teams want more protection from having to pay. Even though it's discussed as a 10 year deal. I see it only being an 8 year due to the opt out option. I've seen that movie before. IMHO...
Some Twitter updates from a few minutes ago:
John Shannon @JSportsnet
John Shannon @JSportsnet
Hockey Buzz Eklund @Eklund
One of the talking heads on XM Radio said today was going to be a bad day -- 'two steps forward and one step back' -- today was the step back.
Optimist's attitude: It's always darkest before the dawn.
Pessimist's attitude: Season opener is October 2013, if then.
Realist's attitude: If the season is gone, the NHL is off the table as a major sport forever.
Trying hard to believe #1 above. In my 60+ years, I've seen that happen more often than not. Trying to understand both sides, but for me I keep coming back to this. The owners are for the most part, successful business people who offer the opportunity for several hundred talented hockey players to earn a very good living(granted for a finite period of time) for playing a game. Most of us will never be in the position to to earn those sort of wages. Even after this is settled, the owners will be wealthy, and the players will still be making hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, and the fans of the game will for the most part come back to it. So what will it have demonstrated? As my wife has said many times about most pro sports, how much more do you need??? Just my frustrated 2 cents....:nono2:
Just one more Stanley Cup for the Rangers!