2012 you ask - sure we will have another lockout then too. Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

NHL Fans - Prepare for 2020

For many fans of the National Hockey League, Lockout 2012 is damaging the game far worse than Lockout 2004 ever did.

Some fans never came back after the 2004 scrapped season.  Some fans are vowing not to come back when the NHL resumes play after this lockout.  But what does the future hold?

With lockouts in the NHL and NBA this year, it seems as though this years NHL work stoppage is merely one of the things to do in the year of the lockout.  Only difference is, we have been down this road once before, and it wasn’t that long ago.

So what do returning fans of the NHL have to look forward to?  Possibly a shortened 2012-2013 season, if there is one at all.  Rule changes, increased ticket prices – teams will roll out new alternate jerseys to increase their hockey related revenue.  League revenues have grown since the last lockout, and are at record highs for the NHL.  History can only repeat itself once the pending CBA is signed and agreed upon.

Someone is going to take a loss, whether the players or owners take the concession to get a deal done and get hockey going, and while there will be money to be made, come the end of the agreement, whether its 2020 or sooner, someone’s peice of the pie will not be big enough, and they will not want to continue playing under those conditions.

Getting the CBA right this time is crucial.  Is a 50-50 revenue split the answer?  Is lowering the salary cap floor key?  Getting rid of escrow?  Including all revenue?  There are so many variables, that hockey fans need to brace themselves for lockout 2020.

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