Why the NHL Will Not Bounce Back If It Loses 2013 Season to Labor Dispute

December 21st, 2012 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
The time is getting dangerously close to the point of no return for the NHL.

The league announced its latest round of cancellations. There will be no hockey before Jan. 15, at the earliest.

It seems likely that if no progress is made from this point and the two sides do not come to an agreement by mid-January, the league will then make an announcement that the 2012-13 season will be canceled in its entirety.

If that happens, it would be the second time the NHL has lost a full season of hockey. The NHL also canceled the 2004-05 season due to a dispute with the NHLPA.

The NHL is the only league to lose a complete season due to labor difficulties in North America and now it is perilously close to losing a second season.

The NHL is not going to bounce back easily if the season does get canceled. Commissioner Gary Bettman may believe that the league can rebound and win the public's trust along with that of big business, but that process will almost certainly be long and difficult.

The fans are predictably angry about the state of the NHL and the fact that the league will soon hit the fifth calendar month of the lockout.
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