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10-12-2012, 12:08 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Lumberton, NJ
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Eh. When I worked for hourly pay and I missed a day of work I considered it lost money. If the league and players don't have a similar mindset concerning missed games I think they're crazy.
Given how negotiations have been going, the evidence points to crazy.
Nobody there seems to care.
Realistically though the opportunity cost of this lockout isn't just tethered to the lost revenue from the opening stages of the regular season (when league-wide revenue theoretically would be its second best of the hockey year behind the playoffs), but you're also losing more in terms of potential income from fans becoming disenfranchised by the NHL and never returning.
This is obviously going to hurt the smaller markets harder.
Basically, this lockout is a war to see how best to save struggling franchises. Meanwhile, it's likely coming very close to destroying them. The NHL better hope it's worth it because, should this calculated risk not pay off, they're likely to lose out anyway. And when the NHL loses out in this manner, the players will also lose.
The lockout is more for chest beating than anything tangible.
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