The National Hockey League has extended this season's lockout for far too long.
Sadly, the owners, or at least NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, do not appear to be in any hurry to put a deal together. Instead, they would rather watch another season be wasted while irreversible damage is being done to the league.
It is not difficult to think that the league could knock itself out of being one of the “Big Four” sports. The owners' pride and egos like to believe that such a thing cannot happen, but history tells us otherwise. There was a time in the United States when boxing and horse racing were premier sporting events and baseball used to be king. And in the last couple of years, NASCAR has been starting to press the NHL for that fourth spot.
While baseball has maintained its “Big Four” standing, it has been passed by the NFL as the top sport. Horse racing is down to a once a year must-see event in Kentucky unless there is a Triple Crown threat. ...
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Article written by PJ Sapienza