NHL Lockout: Why Are the Fans so Quiet About the Potential Loss of the Season?

September 4th, 2012 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
It seems as if the labor unrest in the NFL is bigger news than the potential NHL work stoppage.

No, we’re not talking about the 2011 labor unrest that kept NFL players locked out of training camp last year. We’re talking about the NFL’s decision to lock out their game officials so they can seemingly save a few pennies.

But there’s a work stoppage looming in the NHL. The date is Sept. 15.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has promised (threatened) to lock players out of training camp if a new collectively bargained agreement between the league and the players’ association is not reached by that point.

Do mainstream sports fans care? Do casual hockey fans wonder what they will do with their winter nights?

It would seem that they don’t. If you listen to sports talk radio around the country, the prevailing subjects are the start of the 2012 NFL season, the baseball pennant races and the start of college football.

Hockey? It’s still summer time for most of the talk shows and if you have been listening to sports talk on the radio for decades, it seems like most talk-show hosts te ...

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