Kukla's Korner Hockey
In late January, 2005, I started a blog called Breaking Sports. My intention at the time was to cover the sporting world, but that quickly became a hockey only website.
Today I went back to the first days of Breaking Sports which started about 4 1/2 months into the 2004-05 NHL lockout and was able to track down some of the links I provided at the time.
I find it fascinating to read some of the things I posted regarding the CBA negotiations back then and how many of it is starting or will repeat itself this time around.
The only thing I see differently is the fans losing interest much quicker this time around.
from Liz Mullen and Christopher Botta of SportsBusiness Journal at the Sporting News,
During the NHL lockout, NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr is working to keep players unified, involved and informed about developments through tried and true methods that he has used for decades, but the union also is using new technology, including an app it created for players’ mobile devices.
The NHLPA developed the mobile app with Kanata, Ontario-based Vayyoo, a mobile application and solutions company for businesses. It was initiated four months ago.
“We launched the mobile app because we know all the players have smartphones,” said NHLPA spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon. “The nice thing about the app is we can reach guys wherever they are. Nothing beats face to face, but being able to get information to players in a quick and effective manner is obviously a positive for the association.”
Before the lockout began it was more or less established that public opinion was not going to be the lever that moved the negotiations one way or another. The loss of hockey is not the Arab Spring; it is not even Occupy Wall Street. For starters, you can camp out in lower Manhattan for months before you even approach the stink produced by a well-worn hockey bag.
But this week stunk for the NHL, too. Worse than the hockey bags would, by a mile.
-Bruce Arthur of the National Post where you can read more on this topic.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bsoton Globe,
Cheapskate though I may be, I would pay the equivalent of a third-row loge seat for a pay-per-view debate over CBA talks between NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Players Association boss Donald Fehr. Make TSN’s James Duthiethe moderator, and I’ll shell out first-row dough to hear how these two gents would go about divvying up $3.3 billion in revenue . . . The NHL last week announced it was rolling back its work force by 20 percent during the lockout, putting everyone on four-day weeks. A harsher, perhaps more pragmatic approach would have been to fire 20 percent of the staff, something that has become de rigueur in the mainstream media business. But not many media enterprises so easily generate $3.3 billion in annual revenue.
more hockey talk...
from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
Some issues are big, and others are small, but they are issues. And they did fill the time for the sub-committee meetings this summer in Toronto and New York City. What are these issues? Glad you asked.
1. Player safety and working conditions: This topic is broad. From ice conditions, practice times, the length of training camps and on-ice time, as well as the conditions of the visitors' dressing rooms, hotel rooms on the road (single, as opposed to double occupancy) and beyond. One aspect of travel, that was discussed, dealt with the late night charter flights the teams all partake in, and the ensuing game day skate on those back-to-back nights. Players arriving at hotels in the early hours of day, knowing full well they have to participate in a morning skate are taking sleep aids like Ambien to get them to a rest sleep. Over the counter drugs are an issue for pro athletes, and trying to adjust daily regimes might help some get weaned off these non-prescription drugs.
The National Hockey League and NHL Players' Association have scheduled to meet in Toronto on Monday to finish off last season's hockey-related revenue (HRR) numbers, including escrow payments for players.
Both sides are hopeful that negotiations on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement will resume following Monday's meeting.
Today the only thing an outsider can see in the squabbling over hockey’s $3.3-billion pot is “greed certainty.”
Which is why so many, many Canadian fans have no sympathies this time around for either owners or players.
They only ones they feel sorry for are themselves, for having to put up with such nonsense.
-Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail where you can read more on the difference between the last NHL lockout and this one.
The CBC updates us with the latest labor law battle between the NHL and the NHLPA.
from Gord Stellick of CBC,
Some players have tweeted that they feel the NHL season will be lost, but one veteran seems more optimistic. I liked Marty Brodeur's perspective as he commented on the differences between September 2012 and September 2004. There is continued dialogue this time around. Maybe there isn't the progress that hockey fans would like, but Brodeur recognizes it is a significant difference from eight years ago.
Here are some other reasons why I'm optimistic about a quicker end to the latest NHL lockout:
* Like Brodeur's recollection, I honestly can't remember any serious discussion between either side during the month of September and for a few months afterwards in 2004. Maintaining any form of dialogue, as is the case now, is a big positive.
* Though I can't see Don Fehr and Gary Bettman being hard and fast friends, I don't see any of the dislike and vitriol that existed between Bob Goodenow and Gary Bettman in 2004. A distinct second line of communication, with Bill Daly on the owners' side and Steve Fehr on the players', never existed in 2004.
from Bruce Dowbiggin at the Globe and Mail,
“Instead of waiting for ESPN to give the lockout its customary 23 seconds of news before giving Barry Melrose the floor for his ‘drunk uncle at the wedding’ analysis, hockey fans of every experience level and demographic can distribute and scrutinize the news of the day on Twitter – while also offering a suitable place to vent, frequently profanely.”
“Fans no longer have to wait for a talk-show host to put them on the air or a letter to the editor to be printed,” says Mitch Melnick, long-time radio host on TSN Radio 690 in Montreal. “The immediacy of a well-crafted tweet almost has the effect of putting you in the room when Gary Bettman reads them. And you know he reads them. If not originals then certainly via retweets... Whether they care or not is an entirely different matter.”
Have the sound and fury affected negotiations? The man who preceded Don Fehr as executive director of the NHLPA thinks so. “Twitter has changed the landscape since the last CBA negotiation in that every development in this standoff has gone viral almost instantly,” says Paul Kelly, now a sports lawyer in Boston. “Social media has also allowed the parties to attempt to shape public opinion directly and through surrogates, including players, agents, owners, friendly media sources and others.”
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