Originally written on bratsblogs  |  Last updated 8/18/12



Well
here we go again possibly with another lockout in sports and once again it is
the NHL. Professional hockey while I and hockey fans love it can’t take the
damage of another lockout more than the other big three sports football,
baseball and basketball. Hockey had a lockout in 1994-95 and then the NHL lost
the whole season in 2004-05. I don’t the other a lockout of significant length
would do to the sport. It is less popular or familiar with non hockey fans than
the other big three sports among others.



I
am getting tired of sports lockouts and strikes every few years when the
collective barganing agreements go out. Baseball had 8 strikes the last costing
us the World Series in 1994. To this day while improved the sport fails to have
a salary cap or fair economic structure.



NBA
Basketball has had a couple partial season lockots in 1998-99 and then again
last season when the season started on Christmas. And even with a salary cap
the big market teams still mostly dominate.



NFL
football  had two strikes back in 1982
and 1987.  The lockout last summer almost
cost us the season before the NFL the biggest sports league of them all,
decided they better play or lose an awful lot of money and fans. So they signed
a 10 year contract. But they’ll still haggle over that and when the contract is
up in all these sports they’ll have economic/labor disagreements again.



Baseball
has managed to keep playing since the 1994 strike. Football kept playing for
its own good and basketball has managed to have partial seasons when they had
labor issues. All those sports while painful to lose the games and
disagreements managed to settle pretty quickly.



Hockey
lost a whole season, before the owners were able to get the players back with
less money. So the NHL players union went out and got Don Fehr who is a tough
negotiator and got the deal together for the baseball players in the 1994
strike which went early into the 1995 season. 
Eventually the players got a court order to get the games back on the
field.



Now
I am a hockey fan and love watching the games. I want the sport to be more
popular, but I realize it has more of a core audience and less casual fans than
the other big sports. So it would hurt a lot more economically and popularity
wise tyhan the other sports. I love the games in hockey and other sports and
I’ll come back and watch them. I don’t know if you will especially in hockey.
That’s why hockey cant afford a lockout less than the other sports.



I
went to a hockey game in Dallas last year and my wife and I really enjoyed it.
Ironically the last hockey game we had been to also in Dallas was in the 2004
season, the last year before that lockout.



So
what will happen this season? The collective barganing agreement ends September
15th and regular season games are set to begin in the NHL in
October.



Other
events affected besides the season and Stanley Cup are the 2014 Winter Olympics
in Russia where it’s still questionable if professionals will play if there is
no CBA in place.



But
that’s a year away. Lets get this year going so we can also enjoy an event like
the Outdoor Winter Classic on New Years Day. This year the game will be at the
University of Michigan between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple
Leafs my favorite team. I just hope that game and the rest of the season is
played.



So
come on hockey step up to the plate and check out the other sports and realize
what you can lose and that they can afford to lose it less than the other
sports. Hockey would probably come back again, but it would be hurt even worse
by another labor catastrophe. Don’t let it happen. Best wishes and talk soon.
Bratman



 



 



 



 

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