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08-10-2012, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by videofarmer View Post
Since nothing prevents both sides from working under the old CBA while talks are ongoing, I wonder if the owners have considered, instead of an automatic lockout again, letting the players come to camp and letting them start the season and then threatening them with a lockout after the players have already put in a bunch of hard work. I guess that has the potential to alienate the fans even more than a lock out at the beginning of the season though.
Sounds like "no". In the TSN article in the first post, Gary basically said "we've told the PA for months if there's no deal by Sept 15 we're locking them out".

The sentiment I've heard is that most US owners would even prefer to lose a few games in Oct-Nov, since that's the hardest time for them to sell tickets. Jan 1 and the Winter Classic is really their drop-dead, so they can wait till then to try and break the players.

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