No threat to Classic
A debate rages between the optimistic side of me (rarely used) and the pessimistic side (hello, old friend) when it comes to the
So I'm putting the over/under on the end of the lockout at Dec. 1. It's right around then that many of the players will realize they haven't received a paycheck in a while and the league will start eyeballing the possibility of losing the big-time payday of the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at cavernous Michigan Stadium.
Like everything else that has gone on at the negotiating table thus far between the NHL and players' union, money will be the determining factor when it comes time to get back to work.
Until league wises up
The NHL lockout will go on until the NHL gets smart and realizes it may alienate its fan base for years. There's been a decent amount of posturing on both sides, but no real movement on demands. They could miss anywhere from a month to half the season.
You would think that a lockout is the last thing the NHL needs. The league had a chance to capitalize on the exciting Stanley Cup final won improbably by the
It appears the NHL is willing to let the story end.
Damage will be done
The NHL lockout will end just after casual fans have moved on to other sports, just after sports editors and TV executives have gotten into the habit of covering other events and have forgotten about hockey and just before the point of no return to have a semi-respectable schedule.
It will end in time for the Winter Classic to be played
It could be a while
Despite league revenue soaring from $2 billion to $3.3 billion since the last CBA was signed following the 2004-05 season-long lockout and the salary cap going from $39 to $70 million, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman still wants to slice the player's revenue from 57 percent to 47.
A record 10-year TV deal with NBC. Seven different Stanley Cup champs in seven years. The