RealClearSports
Advertisement

NHL Misses Shot at Another Underdog Story

RCS

In the hockey world, 2012 will be remembered, it now seems, as the year the NHL cemented its reputation as an adolescent's unfunny joke of a business. We're four days away from New Year's Day, when the Winter Classic, normally America's reminder that hockey exists, is supposed to take place. But the Winter Classic, like every other hockey game scheduled since June, has been cancelled because of the lockout. Many observers uh, myself included figured the league would never miss a high-profile appointment like that, but our optimism mortifies in hindsight. The league is absolutely going to miss that appointment, and many others. All games are canceled through Jan. 14 now. It appears as though the league will soon miss its second full year in less than a decade, which basically turns...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

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 »

Have Sled and Sticks, Ready for Hockey

Dave Caldwell, New York Times - December 27, 2012

NEWINGTON, Conn. — Back on her wheelchair and in the dressing room with her teammates, Sara Tabor said it had not been such a bad day on the ice. Her team, the Rangers, had lost twice, but she scored a goal after nearly bowling... more »

NHL Dallying With Irrelevance

S. Gordon & D. Ebner, Globe and Mail - December 19, 2012

As the NHL lockout lurches toward the point of no return, warnings are multiplying that the parties are trifling with something very breakable: fan attachment to the game. Several polls conducted in the past 10 days have found... more »

Why NHL Seems Self-Destructive

Simpson, Stevens & Hruby, The Atlantic - December 20, 2012

Every week, our panel of sports fans discusses a topic of the moment. For today's conversation, Jake Simpson (writer, The Atlantic), Hampton Stevens (writer, ESPN and The Atlantic), and Patrick Hruby (writer, Sports on Earth and... more »

NHL Swerves Into Dangerous Territory

Stu Hackel, Red Light - December 18, 2012

And now things have changed. The fate of the season and perhaps the entire NHL could be decided by lawyers filing into courtrooms, not by negotiators in conference rooms,. And, because the existing case law on what will be... more »