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NHL Should Learn NBA's Lockout Lessons

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Dearest Hockey,

It is I, again, your buddy Basketball. The last time I wrote, I told you to not worry about the lockout. I told you eventually good sense (read: money) would prevail, and your labour dispute would end in time to save the Winter Classic.

As it turns out, I was off by a few weeks. In my complicated mathematical formula that had your lockout ending by early December, I did not give enough weight to the significant Jeremy Jacobs factor. Apologies. I have contacted Nate Silver in an effort to perfect that formula.

To the matter at hand: You are about to go through a shortened season, just as I did a year ago. Now, we are both familiar with this concept from the ’90s. Your 1995 regular season was shortened to 48 games; my 1999 regular season...

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