NHL Lockout: Binding Arbitration Is Only Way to Save Hockey

December 6th, 2012 by Rick Weiner Leave a reply »

We are back where we started, with the NHL and NHLPA agreeing once again to disagree.

We might as well have Pete Burns and Dead or Alive overseeing the labor talks, for as they sang back in 1985: "You spin me right round baby, right round, like a record baby, right round round round."

You'll have to forgive me for being a sucker for terrible 80s music, but that's how it feels for fans of the NHL.

We are stuck on a never-ending loop of terrible music, constantly spinning in circles until we either get nauseous or fall down, powerless to stop the spinning.

This time, the players are calling for federal mediators to intervene, a premise the owners have flatly rejected, according to Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal:

Hear the NHL players just asked again today for mediators to be brought into the NHL talks and the owners said, "No."#NHL

— Liz Mullen (@SBJLizMullen) December 6, 2012 The two sides tried involving federal mediators last week, something that anyone with half a brain knew was an exercise in futility before the process even got underway.

Predictably, we were pro ...

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