Is there any room in your bag of feelings anymore to care that the NHL continues Lockout 2012 even after federal mediators step in to try and get the sides to agree on a deal that will help save the sport of hockey in North America?
It might help to tell you that Eklund is reporting that it is Gary Bettman – among North America’s most hated men – has come to the terms that maybe it would be best if he stepped away from the negotiating table – and suggested the same of the NHLPA head boss, also among North America’s most hated to do the same.
Federal mediators couldn’t bring the NHL and the NHLPA to the same table, and the sides continue to remain seperated. What more can the fans of the sport be asked to take on? The NHL Board of Governors will soon be considering ending the regular season before it even begins, unfaltered in their view that they can afford to lose an entire season.
Sure – owners bring about their “worth” from other means, that is why they are able to own professional sports teams. Take Jeremy Jacobs for example – owner of the Boston Bruins – he is also the president of the Board of Governors and is the Chairman and CEO of Delaware North Companies. He also holds an interest in a New England Sports Network. Truth be told – he doesn’t need the Boston Bruins to be playing to make money. Since he is not paying the salaries of the players – the fact that he is not generating income is lost on him.
The fact that he is so staunchly against ending this lockout is surprising, seeing as he was pivotal in ending the last lockout. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jacobs was all for retraction of some of the teams in the league – as he is anti “new guy” and thinks that you are not allowed to speak in his presence if you are not part of the old regime. Having owned the Bruins since 1975 – he probably thinks very little of guys like Terry Pegula and other new members of the ownership group.
We shall see if the NHL and NHLPA can get an agreement done when the players and owners meet face to face (who would have thought that actual owners (employers) meeting with actual players (employees) in a labor dispute could bridge a gap and end labor hostility.