How to stop a lockout...
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09-19-2004, 10:23 AM
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Do any of these businesses that you want to start suing the NHL pay licensing fees of any kind to the NHL teams for the right to do business in close proximity to their arenas? Or do they just sit back and take the money from all those extra customers walking through their doors on game days?
Punitive damages? Why should every company that is getting a free ride because there is an arena in their neighborhood start suing because the gravy train won't be stopping by for a while?
Locking out the players may not be the right thing to do, but the owners have the legal right to do so in both Canada and the USA. How can you ask for punitive damages against soomeone you are freeloading off of when they commit a perfectly legal act?
First off, the buisnesses are not 'freeloading', they are paying premium property fees/rent which in turn go helping the NHL team build new arenas. Overall, you have missed the entire point. The point is not to start sucking money from the owners or the players union. The point is to apply enough pressure to force the NHL and the NHLPA to either go to an arbitrator or get this settled quickly.
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