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10-29-2012, 10:27 PM
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Lockouts are a reality of sports when a CBA expires and both sides can't come to terms with a new one. MLB learned the hard way with the 1994 strike what happens when you let the players play under the old CBA while working on an agreement. Blaming the owners for the lockout is silly since it was a necessity created by both sides. Don Fehr would love nothing more than to really put the owners in a bad spot by striking in the middle of a season and forcing the playoffs to be cancelled just like he did in 1994. Everyone knows that's a tactic he'll employ, and that's why now in every sport when the CBA expires without a new agreement there is a lockout. It's simply standard procedure to prevent another disaster like the '94 strike.
Fehr has a long history of ****ing over fans, and I'd prefer no season at all to having the season suddenly stopped in January or February and the playoffs cancelled because of a strike.
Lockouts are a reality if the owners choose them as a reality. Just like strikes are a reality if the unions choose to make them a reality.
This idea that a lockout is somehow unavoidable is complete and utter horsecrap and it speaks to the lack of leadership of Gary Bettman and the lack of trust the players have of Bettman and the owners.
Gary Bettman's track record as commissioner. 3 lockouts? And yet 18 teams are still losing money?
Fehr's allegiance isn't to the fans. There's no doubt about that.
But at the end of the day, Fehr has a record of competence.
Personally, I'll take option 2, where we start a season and RISK THE POSSIBILITY of losing the playoffs to a strike, over OPTION 1, where we are guaranteed a lockout.
The history of this league is that we've had one strike. And we didn't lose a single game.
To me, it's clear that lockouts are just run-of-the-mill operations for the owners.
As you suggest, they may be willing to go 2-years.
I hope they do. And I hope that next season we start to see the formulation of an alternative to the NHL.
And sure, that alternative won't pay as well as the NHL. And sure, the league won't be as good and won't be in all the cities and won't have the history.
But at this point, part of me wants to see the owners have their hundred million investments crumble to dust. I'm sick of all of them.
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