NHL Lockout: The 10 Fanbases That Will Not Return

November 27th, 2012 by Dave Ungar Leave a reply »
With the NHL lockout now entering its 10th week, and with no end realistically in sight, analysis of the actual damage being done to the game has to be contemplated on a much more personal level for many hockey fans around the league.

The day after Thanksgiving, the NHL announced the cancellation of games through December 14 (ESPN). With the two sides unable to reach any sort of consensus—or even any sort of middle ground at all—as to the make-whole issue, as well as other ancillary issues that matter to one side or the other, this most recent cancellation was not a surprise.

For those keeping track, more than a third of the regular season has now been lost. Included in that are the loss of the Winter Classic and now the All-Star game as well. The NHL is losing between $18 to $20 million per day (ESPN).

But the damage and animosity are going even deeper than that. Dave Bolland of the Blackhaws retweeted, apparently accidentally, a post calling for Gary Bettman's death (ESPN). The mistake, if it was a mistake, represents a true low point in this whole sad saga.

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