Found October 01, 2012 on Sports Business Digest:

2013 Winter Classic

The NFL has their Thanksgiving games. The NBA has its Christmas Day games. The NHL has the Winter Classic--oh wait, never mind. The NHL's polarizing and unpopular money grab(lockout) has continued to have disastrous effects once again warranting a closer questioning and analysis of the true motivations of professional sports. As the Chicago Tribune reported,
"The Winter Classic scheduled between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings on New Year's Day could be canceled by November barring a settlement in the NHL's lockout"(,0,6546464.story)
Fearing a manipulation of the league by use of the game as leverage, Gary Bettman described his clear intentions to cancel the most well known regular season hockey game for the NHL. Once again, the monetarily oriented minds of owners and players has interfered with true passion for the game, what many describe as the kernel, or essence, of competitive sports. As both sides continue to tactically fight this battle, the players responded by denouncing this threat as a mere "scare tactic".
The Chicago Tribune was also informed from sources that "The NHL and the players union have no talks on a new collective bargaining agreement planned."
As one of America's currently least popular professional sports continues to spiral down into irrelevance, neither side understands the implications of further delays in negotiations. The longer these talk stall, the more Americans will forget about the magic of Jonathon Quick and the L.A. Kings or the intense Game Sevens this last year's playoffs have held. With the Winter Classic on the verge of cancellation, the NHL's players and owners will soon regret their insistence on an abusive collective bargaining agreement.

Replacement NHL players could be coming to an arena near you

Former TML GM & NHL Agent Bill Watters thinks Gary Bettman's will bring in replacement players in NOV, & thinks this will crack the Union. — Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) October 2, 2012 NHL teams may be resuming play sooner than you think. There's only one issue - the roster might look very different than what you saw in 2011-12. Bill Watters, former...

The Bettman Book

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet, The release of Jonathon Gatehouse’s new book, The Instigator: How Gary Bettman Remade the League and Changed the Game Forever(Penguin), could perhaps only be better timed if it had hit shelves on the day of the NHL commissioner’s retirement. No figure is more central to the frustrating tale of the NHL’s current lockout or the league...

Report- NHL Thinking Replacement Players

Former TML GM & NHL Agent Bill Watters thinks Gary Bettman's will bring in replacement players in NOV, & thinks this will crack the Union. — Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) October 2, 2012   Bill Watters also seems to think the guys in their late 30's might cross the picket line to make that last paycheck b4 they retire. — Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey...

Bettman Has Done His Job

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times, They look at the bottom line and marvel at the job he has done. During Bettman’s tenure, N.H.L. revenue has grown from $400 million a year to $3.3 billion. “He’s in charge,” said Jonathon Gatehouse, whose book“The Instigator: How Gary Bettman Remade the NHL and Changed the Game Forever,” the first in-depth biography...

New Jersey Senators Get Into NHL Lockout Act?

With New Jersey Devils preseason games canceled and regular-season games next on the list to be scrubbed by the NHL, the state’s United States Senators, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez have sent a letter to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Donald Fehr expressing their concern about the current lockout. Here is the text of the...

Evening Line

“You hope it doesn’t go too long, but it’s tough to grasp when you’ve got a guy in Gary Bettman bragging every year that we’re making ‘record revenue, record revenue, record this,’ and all of a sudden they want to take a quarter of what you’ve made away. That doesn’t make sense to anybody. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in.” -Zach Parise of...

Is There Actual Progress With CBA Talks?

Ryan Dadoun at Pro Hockey Talk reports that during yesterday's second straight day of CBA negotiations, NHLPA boss Donald Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman had a private conversation... “I spent a few minutes with Gary talking about the overall situation, and we agreed to keep in touch,” Fehr said. “I am not going to talk about the specifics, but in general...

Afternoon Line

I've gotten a few emails lately from people who say they are Avalanche season-ticket holders. They say they will immediately cancel their season tickets once the first game is cancelled from the lockout, and they say they'll never come back. They're through, they said, with this insanity. Can't blame 'em one bit. I would absolutely do the same thing if...
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