NHL Lockout 2012: Why Long-Term Work Stoppage Would Torpedo Hockey’s Popularity

October 5th, 2012 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »
There comes a time when the loyalty of sports fans gets taken advantage of to the point it is totally justifiable to walk away and never look back. 

For fans of the National Hockey League, this frustrating lockout—which has already cost the league the first two weeks of the 2012-13 season—that time has arrived. 

While simply missing the first two weeks of this season would ultimately be met with the same shrug the NBA saw when it missed the first 16 games a year ago, the labor dispute here seems headed for the long haul.

Commissioner Gary Bettman is currently presiding over his third lockout since taking over in 1993. He knows the way to defeat the players in labor disputes is to start taking away paychecks, even if that means cancelling a season for the second time in a decade.

Bettman also knows he has a veteran negotiator in Donald Fehr on the opposite side of the table. And, as fans of Major League Baseball would tell you, Fehr isn't exactly opposed to forgoing postseason play. 

These are two hard-headed men that won't settle for anything less than the best deal for their side.

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