The lockout began ten days ago and there hasn’t been a meeting or a cup of coffee between the two sides yet. Donald Fehr whose life’s passion is to be able to say that he was responsible to get every major sporting organization to lose a season and post-season will meet with the NHL owners on Friday. The meeting is suppose to be about non-economic items which seems weirdly phrased since it seems like the entire lockout is about economic issues.
Let’s be honest the issue is money period. The owners want more while the union doesn’t want to give any up. The last time that Bettman and the owner shut down the NHL the players gave up a lot so you can see their reluctance to budge anymore. The owners with their new CBA turned a blind eye while creative GM’s handed out 12 and 13 year contracts to get around the rules that they had set up to protect themselves against themselves. So now the owners need to write new legislation to protect themselves and their fortunes further.
The players have the right not to budge but at what cost? If you break down a percent or two from the huge revenue pie that is the NHL it isn’t a significant number per player, and it’s not like the stars aren’t going to get their money anyways. The only players that would be taking the hit would be entry level players that aren’t successful enough to broker a new and bigger second contract.
I’m not for either side. Get to the table and knock out a deal. The revenue pie is entirely too big to not get this deal done. Not only do the fans lose, but so does every vendor and all small businesses around the stadiums that are effected when games are not played. It really is a tickle down effect that both sides do not feel, but as always it’s the little guy that takes it in the seat of his pants while the people with all the big wallets fight over percents!
It’s a great sign that both sides are meeting, but if it doesn’t start the ball rolling to the light at the end of the tunnel then it will be just another day wasted and another day closer to a lost season!
END THE LOCKOUT!!