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Are You Bummed About the NHL Lockout?

Sports 2012/09/15 20:15:42
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"Here we go again," is the phrase ringing in hockey fans' minds across the world right now. For the second time in 10 years and fourth time since 1992, the National Hockey League is set to have a work stoppage. It's actually been less than 10 years since the last NHL lockout, which did away the entire 2004-05 season.

With any lockout, a sports league of any level takes a huge risk in money, television deals, etc. In the last lockout, NHL players lost money and team owners and league officials lost a lucrative ESPN deal. The NHL suffered initially when it returned from its last lockout, especially when it came to visibility on TV, with the occasional game on NBC and regular programming on the Outdoor Life Network (later becoming Versus, now known as the NBC Sports network).

The NHL eventually recovered and made significant financial waves, but the players union, owner, and Commissioner Gary Bettman find themselves in a lockout yet again. On ESPN's Pardon The Interruption, popular journalist Bill Simmons called the NHL "the dumbest league in sports." If this lockout kills the entire 2012-13 NHL season when the NBA and NFL resolved their work stoppages and salvaged their respective seasons, it will leave millions on the table--and millions of unhappy fans.

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  • Corsair 2012/09/16 09:26:24
    Yes
    Corsair
    +7
    The NHL needs a new Commissioner. This guy has three lockouts since he first became a Commissioner. There's no reasoning with Bettman.

    Funny Gary Bettman pics

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  • Jericho 2012/09/16 21:48:12
    No
    Jericho
    +1
    Not as I was by Baseball in '94 or even the Football fiasco last year. Hockey has such a long season that I never start watching until football is over anyway.
  • kevracer 2012/09/16 21:09:59
  • Dyonus kevracer 2012/09/17 03:21:44
    Dyonus
    +1
    I'm just taking a wild guess, but I'd say...um...hockey fans.
  • kevracer Dyonus 2012/09/17 16:57:30
    kevracer
    it appears that the hockey players and team owners are telling the fans 'f*** you"
  • Marshall Maxwell 2012/09/16 20:58:15
    No
    Marshall Maxwell
    +1
    Maybe this will be the end.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/09/16 20:45:31
    No
    MOMMA THOMAS
  • thefatguy 2012/09/16 19:20:39
    No
    thefatguy
    +2
    Hockey is a sport? I thought it was a dance followed by the word "Pokey". No seriously, professional sports is being ruined by greed. I stopped watching baseball after one of their strikes. A bunch of spoiled babies.
  • blackri... thefatguy 2012/09/17 03:18:29
    blackrings70
    Sad, but true...
  • addie 2012/09/16 18:56:32
    No
    addie
    +1
    I did not know about it. lol
  • tor 2012/09/16 18:35:30
    Yes
    tor
    +3
    Hockey is the best thing about the winter season for me :(
  • joe mauro 2012/09/16 18:22:48
    Yes
    joe mauro
    +4
    bummed about greed and incompetence.
  • thisiswar 2012/09/16 16:35:27
    Yes
    thisiswar
    +3
    Really? AGAIN?
  • bieberfever1 2012/09/16 16:15:10
    No
    bieberfever1
    +1
    I don't even watch Hockey
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/09/16 16:03:23
    No
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Not Really into Major Sports anymore.Just NASCAR
  • Dickens 2012/09/16 16:00:41
    No
    Dickens
    +1
    ...they could lock out EVERY athlete from EVERY sport and I'd be okay with it...
  • LarryStylinson 2012/09/16 15:41:59
    Yes
    LarryStylinson
    +2
    It's supposed to be a mild winter and now there's no NHL... WHAT THE HELL DOES A CANADIAN HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO THIS WINTER?!
  • nat75 LarrySt... 2012/09/16 16:10:27
    nat75
    +1
    mild winter? where did you hear that? that is something for me to look forwards to if it is true, i hate cold winters!!! what area of the country do you live in?
  • LarrySt... nat75 2012/09/17 22:34:48
    LarryStylinson
    +1
    I live near Toronto and my mom said it's supposed to be a mild winter
  • nat75 LarrySt... 2012/09/18 01:21:56
    nat75
    +1
    well i hope the mild winter includes southern quebec near montreal lol
  • glen LarrySt... 2012/09/17 15:24:49
    glen
    +1
    We still have our beer habs leafs
  • LarrySt... glen 2012/09/17 22:35:00 (edited)
    LarryStylinson
    +2
    Yeah well I'm 14 so I could have poutine
  • glen LarrySt... 2012/09/18 11:19:33
    glen
    +1
    Good call !
  • LarrySt... glen 2012/09/18 22:01:58
    LarryStylinson
    +1
    Ya not a lot of kids at my school would make that call:/
  • Corsair glen 2012/09/19 07:57:41
    Corsair
    +2
    I'm trying to find this funny picture of Bettman. The quote for it was, "if Quebec wants a team then so will Toronto."
  • Corsair LarrySt... 2012/09/19 07:59:21
    Corsair
    +1
    We don't have mild winters here. It's blistering cold. I think one year we came close to breaking Siberia's record.
  • LarrySt... Corsair 2012/09/19 22:00:03
    LarryStylinson
    Depends on where you live
  • Corsair LarrySt... 2012/09/22 07:42:47 (edited)
    Corsair
    +1
    Edmonton. Home of the First Round Draft picks.
  • LarrySt... Corsair 2012/09/22 14:38:12
    LarryStylinson
    +1
    I live near Toronto
  • Corsair LarrySt... 2012/09/24 07:44:34
    Corsair
    +1
    You guys need a new GM for the Leafs.
  • LarrySt... Corsair 2012/09/25 02:50:54
    LarryStylinson
    I couldn't care less about the leafs GO PENS!
  • Corsair LarrySt... 2012/09/26 12:42:31
    Corsair
    Pens. A bunch of whiners. I can't stand them. This is why if I ever did a draft I would have picked Ovechkin over Crosby. Sure Crosby can score and pout about the minor things players do, but Ovechkin can throw his weight around and put it in the net too.
  • Adamee Atsiqtaq 2012/09/16 12:46:12
    Yes
    Adamee Atsiqtaq
    +3
    I watch no other sports besides hockey.
  • Dyonus 2012/09/16 11:04:17
    Yes
    Dyonus
    +4
    Hockey is the only sport I watch.
  • sglmom 2012/09/16 09:33:00
    No
    sglmom
    +1
    Nope ..
  • ♥N A♥ 2012/09/16 09:26:51
    Yes
    ♥N A♥
    +2
    But I have my NFL to keep me happy right now! ;-)
  • Corsair 2012/09/16 09:26:24
    Yes
    Corsair
    +7
    The NHL needs a new Commissioner. This guy has three lockouts since he first became a Commissioner. There's no reasoning with Bettman.

    Funny Gary Bettman pics
  • Adamee ... Corsair 2012/09/16 12:47:57
    Adamee Atsiqtaq
    +2
    I agree with you 100%
  • LarrySt... Corsair 2012/09/17 22:37:27
    LarryStylinson
    +1
    I know, and he put teams in the weirdest of places like Phoenix and he moved the NHL awards to Las Vegas!
  • Corsair LarrySt... 2012/09/19 07:52:19 (edited)
    Corsair
    +1
    Right. And look at the attendance of some of the teams too. He brought hockey back to Atlanta after they moved to Calgary in the 70's or 80's. When Atlanta gets the team back, and their attendance starts to suck, guess where the Thrashers go? Yup, back to Winnipeg.
  • TheTruth1313 2012/09/16 06:31:03
    Yes
    TheTruth1313
    +4
    I love hockey!!

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