While NFL players and fans grouse about replacement officials and the shambolic ending of Monday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, the hockey world continues to wait for the NHL and the NHLPA to return to the bargaining table to try to save a season that is supposed to start in two and a half weeks, but has seemingly little chance of actually doing so.
Even though one sport is playing, and the other is not, everyone involved is in the same boat, wondering how far owners will go in their quest for ever more money, how messy the respective situations can get, and how the North American sports landscape came to this point.
Nobody has the answers to the first two conundrums, but it is clear enough why the NFL and NHL are where they are today. It’s more than just greed. It’s a system that not only rewards that greed, but institutionalizes it.