RealClearSports
Advertisement

Soft Cancellation Deadline May Help NHL

AP Photo

We wanted openers. Now we want closure. And that's why Thursday's announcement – the ninth cancellation of this lockout – was actually welcome news to those of us who still care about the NHL.

At least we'll know soon.

The NHL canceled the schedule through Jan. 14, and that means the NHL and the NHL Players' Association now face a soft deadline for the cancellation of the 2012-13 – oops, the 2013 – season.

Commissioner Gary Bettman has said he "can't imagine wanting to play fewer" than 48 games, as the NHL did during the 1994-95 – oops, the 1995 – season when it dropped the puck in January. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly has said this needs to end around mid-January.

So there you go. If you believe Bettman and...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Puck on Owners' Side of Ice Now

Mark Spector, Sportsnet Magazine - December 13, 2012

If we have not watched a lot of hockey this laborious fall, we have at least become far more learned in the ways of collective bargaining. Today's post-work beer is consumed amid conversation of decertification and disclaim of... more »

NHL Wiped Out Until End of 2012

James Mirtle, Globe and Mail - December 11, 2012

One side believes they are close to a deal. The other argues that couldn’t be further from the truth. Welcome to the NHL lockout, where they can’t even agree on what they disagree on, and can’t qualify how far apart they... more »

NHL's Biggest Fehr in Lockout Is Named Donald

Larry Brooks, NY Post - December 17, 2012

This was Dec. 6, when Canceler-in-Chief Gary Bettman and deputy Bill (The Hill) Daly delivered their Angry Men standup routine at a press conference after a group of players had the temerity not to sign on the dotted line even... more »

Fehr's Problem: Owners Losing Money

Mark Spector, Sportsnet Magazine - December 14, 2012

It is Gary Bettman’s impossible dream: To create a National Hockey League economy in which Dallas, Florida, Phoenix, Columbus and Anaheim can all be profitable. Without, of course, shipping containers full of money... more »

'Dysfunctional' Business Model Sinking NHL

Jeff Z. Klein, New York Times - December 12, 2012

During the last 20 years, the N.H.L. has lost nearly 10 percent of its scheduled games to labor disruptions, a rate of cancellation more than three times greater than any other major sports league in North America. With the... more »