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Foiled By The Lockout Again

from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,

For the second time in eight years players are locked out in a labor dispute, and both times — in a stunning display of either bad timing or bad luck — it has disrupted the Lightning's chances to make even more inroads, competitively and economically, into its non-traditional market.

In 2004-05, it was the drive to defend the 2003-04 Stanley Cup title. But after the season was lost and a salary cap established, the team decided it could not keep goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. Eight years and 18 goalies later, it still is looking for a No. 1.

The 2012-13 season was supposed to be marketing gold, with the celebration of Tampa Bay's 20th anniversary season to be the thread that tied together an expected on-ice resurgence led by 60-goal scorer Steven Stamkos and newly acquired goalie Anders Lindback.

It still might be if the season is played, and no regular-season games have yet been lost . If it isn't, it's just a lost opportunity.

And those opportunities are important, said David Carter, a professor of sports business at the University of Southern California and executive director of the school's Sports Business Institute.

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The mistake the owners make is believing they are the same as NFL and NBA they are not.  They have a ways to go.  Work stoppages that stall the growth of the game are self defeating. 

It’s obvious they have a ways to go when most people don’t even notice they’re gone.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/20/12 at 06:38 PM ET

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Damian Cristodero fails to understand is that the NHL has to kill the weaker franchises since it is for their own good. This has been my stance against the lockout all along, if you keep shutting down the league, the weaker teams will never gain any momentum and establish a foothold in the sports landscape. Apparently it is the large market teams that run the show and the rest be damned except for when it is time for expansion or re-location fees.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 09/21/12 at 08:41 AM ET

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