NHL Lockout Begins as Players, Owners Fail to Reach New CBA

September 15th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
The NHL locked out its players on Saturday night after a new collective bargaining agreement couldn't be reached by the 11:59 p.m. ET expiration of the previous CBA, according to Katie Strang of ESPN.

This is the fourth work stoppage in NHL history—three of them being lockouts—that has occurred in the last 20 years.

Although it may have been obvious for some time that a lockout was going to happen, it's still amazing that a sport would shut down in one of its most successful times—and just seven years after a labor struggle put the NHL miles behind the other major North American sports leagues during its last lockout.

The players and owners made an effort to reach a deal Wednesday, but both sides' most recent proposals proved that there is still a lot of work to be done.

Some of the immediate results of the lockout will come in the form of cancellations, as Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca points out:

Individual clubs to cancel training camps, due to open on Monday. #NHL will announce exhibition game cancellations, which start Sept. 19

— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) September 15, 2 ...

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