"Despite the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the National Hockey League has been, and remains, committed to negotiating around the clock to reach a new CBA that is fair to the Players and to the 30 NHL teams.
Thanks to the conditions fostered by seven seasons under the previous CBA, competitive balance has created arguably the most meaningful regular season in pro sports; a different team has won the Stanley Cup every year; fans and sponsors have agreed the game is at its best, and the League has generated remarkable growth and momentum. While our last CBA negotiation resulted in a seismic change in the League's economic system, and produced corresponding on-ice benefits, our current negotiation is focused on a fairer and more sustainable division of revenues with the Players -- as well as other necessary adjustments consistent with the objectives of the economic system we developed jointly with the NHL Players' Association seven years ago. Those adjustments are attainable through sensible, focused negotiation -- not through rhetoric.
This is a time of year for all attention to be focused on the ice, not on a meeting room. The League, the Clubs and the Players all have a stake in resolving our bargaining issues appropriately and getting the puck dropped as soon as possible. We owe it to each other, to the game and, most of all, to the fans."
Saying your committed to around the clock negotiations with the NHLPA, does not mean meeting 1 on 1 with the other side for 15 minutes at a Taco Bell in Hoboken, NJ for lunch the day before the Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire. It means you are willing to do whatever is necessary to put the sport where it belongs, in arenas across the United States and Canada, not held hostage over a negotiating table. Being committed means you are willing to compromise with the other side. Compromise is not "come meet with us when YOU are willing to bend." Although the league may believe they got away with murder with fans after cancelling the 2004-05 season, I'm not sure some fans are willing to give the NHL a third chance, just to get their hearts broken again once the next CBA expires.
Figure this stuff out NHL & NHLPA. Your fans' patience comes with a shelf life and it's MUCH shorter this time around.
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I've already stated this on other sites but...I feel like the kid that has no say in his parents divorce. You can eventually come to grips with it....but when they pull you apart every 5 years, there comes a point when you just stop caring. I've reached that point. I will NEVER go to an NHL game for the rest of my life. I'm locking both sides out.
When my kids finished up their travel years and then college hockey years, I thought "now what am I going to do with all of this time on my hands". I found other things that interested me. I guess I can do the same with the NHL, but they better hope I don't find something that keeps me away for a long time, 'cause I've about had enough.
no NHLPA statement yet?
yes, the fans get screwed in the end (pun intended) in all of this. let me say that right at the start.
let me ask you this. between the players and the owners, who(m) has who(m) over a barrel? is the league going to bring in 800 replacement players? seriously. how are they going to make money off of those empty arenas? msg has it covered of course but what are so many others going to do? hope that there is a resurgence in the traveling circus? LOFL.
these are legit questions. who has whom over a barrel between the two of them?
if this drags on, i think im throwing in the towel. what little free time i have now needs to be well spent.
4 work stoppages in 20 years?
how much money have i spent on all facets of the game?
more importantly, how much time have i spent on all facets of the game?
screw me once shame on you. screw me twice shame on me. screw me three times... errr shame on me for giving it another chance. screw me four times?
I don't think enough can be said about all the folks who are out of work because of this. I'm NOT talking about people who make six figures and up .....
After the last lockout I stopped watching hockey for a long time...I'm sure the NHL will be losing many fans over this and losing millions of ad, ticket, and arena revenue.
Not to mention all of the other people they put out of work. The hot dog vendors, tv announcers, arena crews. All because people want to make a couple extra million dollars. This is what America is all about...Rich get richer while the poor people working at the shitty beer stand and the fans who can only afford to attend 2 games a year suffer. FUCK YOU.
I'm actually really confused about what they are arguing about. What exactly about their million dollar contracts and summers off is so unfair? Am I missing the point? Someone please enlighten me as to why/how this has happened…
@IcyCup I can't imagine not coming back. We are gonna be too good. I hate the NHL fo rthis but I love the rangers. I wish I could give it all up but I can't. I love what you said though. This whole thing is sickening.
@_Jack I watch all the rangers games on my computer...for free...with no center ice...without msg. I go to one game every 3 years. I've had a friend who owns a print shop make me rangers hoodies and shirts. Go off the grid my friends!!! Let's go underground when this all gets resolved!!!
@_Jack you can. deny them everything. you provide them with everything they have, right?
@AG_Blue true. it's not like there are a ton of jobs out there in any field.
@GraigGiuliani 10/11 I believe... 10/12 for the Rangers (v. Kings)
its just greed. the owners cant control themselves then end up wanting to get the players to pay for their mistakes. the players just go out and play for the most money they can get but its the owners who give it to them.
@JMK8363 No no, I mean when will they cancel the games, not when the games will be missed.
@Snot-Bubbler Please tell me this isn't going to be an "if you don't like America then get out" comment. We don't need that here.
@BobGroder So basically the owners want more money by paying the players less and the players want more money than they currently get? Yeah, seems unfair to me. How dare owners make millions off of hard working people who can only just afford to go the games as it is, and how dare the players think their over-inflated egos deserve more money than their already over-inflated pay checks bring in. I'm all for trying to get the most for yourself, but everyone in the NHL (owners and players) need to take a long hard look at themselves and realise that, compared to the majority of people, they have it pretty good. Makes my blood boil!
the players just want normal increases if leahgue profits go up. they arent looking for more than their fair share but the problems are the tickets are too expensive now after this last lockout. FANS HAVE NO PROTECTION!