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NHL Lockout - Paying For The Damages

The NHL Lockout continues, and despite the sides meeting for seven of the last nine days – we may not see a deal get done anytime soon.

There are three issues that need to be resolved before a deal can be done.  These three issues seem to be the only thing holding up a deal being announced.

The three issues?  Contracts, money split, and who pays for the damages caused by the lockout.

Really?  Who pays for the damages caused by the lockout?  The answer to that one has to be fairly obvious.  The fans are going to pay the damages.

Ticket prices will increase as owners will increase ticket prices and other revenue generating streams to cover their hockey budgets and to recover from months without hockey revenue.

Who is going to pay for the lockout?  It seems that I am talking myself in circles here by asking the question again – but the fact that this is even a bone of contention that needs to be rectified before we can see the NHL resume operations tells me that neither side is ready to establish the fact that they were wrong and caused the lockout.

Who is paying for the damages?  Since both sides of the argument, the NHL and the NHLPA are equally at fault for the causes of the lockout – why is this even in the conversation?

Neither side wants to budge off their position, which has caused this impasse.  If this were the only three issues from the start – you could have eliminated one of them by negotiating more often earlier and ironing out the first two options, contracts and the money split.

Avoid the lockout – you avoid the damages.

I think its absurd that either side would look to the other to recoup damages caused by the lockout.

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