In what can only be described as a frustrating chain of events, the NHL announced they have canceled games through January 14.
It is beginning to look more and more like there will be no NHL season for the second time in just 8 years.
Should they lose another year of games, would there be any fans to even come back to in 2013-2014.
Fans of the great game of hockey have been disrespected by the owners, league officials and even the players union time and time again. There is only so much they can be expected to accept or let slide. Given the problems in the world, it is hard to feel sorry for billionaires and millionaires trying to decide how to split up their money. For the average fan it is hard to even put your head around it. The ridiculousness is off the scales!
Bottomline is, most of us who love the game just want to see some hockey. While other leagues are not terrible options, the NHL is the best. It is the only thing the fans want, just play the game.
To settle this matter once and for all, we are talking long term solution here, the NHL may have to contract some teams in underperforming markets which have simply proven not to be viable. Phoenix for one simply should no longer have a team. After years of success in the 90s, the future of the Dallas Stars is questionable at best. The Florida Panthers have been terrible for years and cannot draw fans. The once proud New York Islanders have become one of the most embarrassing franchises in sports due to horrible management decisions.
The only way to get out of this mess is revenue sharing. The rich can’t keep getting richer while the poor teams lose millions and millions of dollars each season and cannot ice a competitive team.
Revenue is said to have reached $3 billion dollars for the league last year yet there are still teams struggling to survive?! How is this even possible and how is this not the most logical answer? Split the revenues evenly with perhaps a bigger bump going to playoff teams and the Stanley Cup Champions to add a little incentive to actually win, not just go through the motions. The rich teams will still make money and the struggling teams will be saved.
They need to end the lockout, they have done so much damage to the league as it is, another lost season may be the final nail in the coffin for the NHL.