Thursday, October 4, 2012

NHL Lockout 2012- Minnesota Wild

More bad news fans- The National Hockey League canceled two weeks of the regular season Thursday, the second time games have been lost because of a lockout in seven years.

The announcement was made in a two-paragraph statement from the NHL. It isn't clear if those games will be made up, allowing for a complete 82-game regular season, if a deal can be struck soon with the locked out players.

They are unable to work out how to split up $3 billion (really? That's like nothing, comparatively) in hockey-related revenues with the players' association, the NHL wiped out 82 games from Oct. 11 through Oct. 24 — beginning with four next Thursday, which would have been the league's opening night.

Although there have been negotiations between the league and players in recent days, unlike the 2004-05 lockout that forced the cancellation of the entire season, the two sides haven't gotten any closer to a deal on core economic issues.

This is slightly embarrassing for everyone involved. Hockey should be about the game, not the money. We'll keep you posted. 

FILE - In this May 15, 2012, file photo, ice covered hockey pucks are shown at the New Jersey Devils practice rink in Newark, N.J. The NHL said Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, that it has canceled the hockey season through Oct. 24, a total of 82 games, because of the ongoing lockout. The NHL and the players' union are unable to decide how to divide $3 billion in hockey-related revenues. There have been negotiations in recent days, but the sides have not gotten any closer to an agreement on core economic issues. Photo: AP / AP

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