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by Paul on 08/10/12 at 01:37 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Remember when the NHL’s ice surfaces were all painted with the simpering, “Thank You Fans” message after the last lockout? Here’s hoping fans remember it and say, “thanks, but no thanks” this fall, especially if fall without hockey stretches into November or December, which is when everyone figures the real pressure points for the players and the owners will come into play.
Surely with so much wealth and so much optimism surrounding the game, the game itself deserves the best effort from its owners and its players.
Because if the owners and their players don’t respect what’s been built enough to get the deal done, then why should the fans bother?
And so a suggestion as the clock ticks towards the Sept. 15 end of the collective bargaining agreement: How about a pledge from the owners that they will bargain through the end of the agreement and into the coming season?
The players have already said they are willing to do so.
So how about a commitment from the owners that they will not lock out the players and a similar commitment from the players that they will not strike?
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