NHL Lockout 2012: Sides Must Show More Urgency as Deadline for Full Season Looms

October 23rd, 2012 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »
If the NHL and its Players' Association don't reach an agreement by Thursday the chances of playing a full 82-game season will seemingly evaporate. In the face of that type of deadline, it's time for the two sides to get serious about finalizing a deal.

As with any work stoppage, nobody expects the first offer to lead to an immediate conclusion. It's a process that takes time, as sports fans around the country have learned far too often in recent years. But the fans at least want to see some progress.

When the league's owners offered an even split of hockey-related revenue last week, it appeared on the surface like a major breakthrough in talks. Yet, the players' counteroffers were basically marked dead on arrival and a stalemate has ensued once again.

In reality, hockey fans don't really care what portion of the cash pie each side gets. Just the fact they are arguing over billions of dollars instead of playing games is enough to cause frustrations to soar, and the lack of urgency certainly doesn't help.

While it's not a guarantee that getting in a room together to talk about the core issues will lead to a new CBA by Thursd ...

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