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NHLJeff's avatar

I disagree. Give people something to hope for. Considering that the NHL seems willing to play into August, there’s still a lot to be answered before considering that impossible.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 03/27/20 at 10:51 AM ET


Do consider as well,  if cv19 is seasonal then the NHL NHL and NBA have a next year problem looming.

Posted by Ventr on 03/27/20 at 12:25 PM ET


I think it’s borderline delusional that there can and should be a finish to
this season - with players and coaches and staff and arena workers and
security - medical personnel work those games for when worst comes to worst
- and an arena full of fans?

What we’re facing and will be facing for a while is trying to limit exponential
social spread including by people who are asymptomatic or near that but who can infect people who can infect people who can infect people - who may end up with no hospital beds let alone ventilators.

We don’t have anywhere near the testing capacity; even if someone tests negative that just means they’re negative as of that moment. They could catch it the next day.
Healthcare workers are making a magnificent effort are already facing fatigue and limited capacity. There is no way to responsibly hold public sporting events for the foreseeable future. Period. We don’t have the masks. We can’t take the risk of people being in such close proximity, drinking yelling, cheering…this is airborne spread and it stays alive on surfaces for awhile.

The possibility next season will also be impacted in some ways is no reason to try and force this one. Let’s cross the bridge of next season when we get there.
I have a lot of friends in NYC and it’s scary. How did they get to where they were?
Too many people interacting too close together and people from all over spreading the virus from different sources.

We need to limit the spread so we can both stop infecting more people and help the ones who badly need help. But we also need to buy some time to ramp up capacity of masks, medical equipment, beds, and give health care workers a fighting chance to do their jobs without having to turn people away. And we need to buy time for eventual large scale immunizations.

We’ve lost entire seasons due to dumb greedy lockouts.
It’s not the end of the world if we have to miss even a season and a half to protect people.

Posted by lefty.30 on 03/27/20 at 12:48 PM ET


Well said Lefty, lives and health are more important than anything

Posted by Stump23 on 03/27/20 at 01:16 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Posted by lefty.30

Could not agree more!

Now, if only certain leaders (business & political) would smarten up and listen to the scientist and epidemiological experts and not Wall Street Pundits…..

Posted by Down River Dan on 03/27/20 at 03:30 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I’m probably reading too much into it, but don’t call it “fold business”. No team will fold as a result of this, regardless of whether one thinks teams in certain places need to fold.

I agree though, that they should just call the season and move forward. We are nowhere close to getting this under control, and false hope is worse than no hope. You build something on a lie, and you’re going to hurt a lot of people, whether it be fans, staff, players, and everyone in between.

I know that everyone wants our game to return. I’d love nothing more than to get back to watching hockey. But there are far more important things out there, and I think everyone should focus on that.

Please, everyone… stay well.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 03/27/20 at 03:55 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

And seeing as how jackasses like Jacobs in Boston are holding their workers paydays until the games are officially cancelled, cutting bait on this season would even help some people out. There will be no games or public gatherings of any kind until this has peaked and been in decline for a good long time, and then add at least a month onto that. We haven’t come close to the peak yet, and nobody knows when that will happen.

Posted by Steeb on 03/27/20 at 04:26 PM ET


Just to update, sounds like Vinny Viola, Florida’s owner isn’t
paying all staff in full through the crisis. We don’t know how long that
will be and things could change, but that’s a real stand up move.

Meanwhile…yeah you guessed it…Jeremy Jacobs laid off 68 people with a
grand total of one week’s paid leave. He’s worth 3.3 billion.

Posted by lefty.30 on 03/27/20 at 05:45 PM ET


Sorry, that was a bad, bad typo:

Vinny Viola *is* paying staff their full salaries through this.

Is, not isn’t.

Again, stand up move!

Posted by lefty.30 on 03/27/20 at 05:48 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Jeremy Jacobs laid off 68 people with a grand total of one week’s paid leave. He’s worth 3.3 billion.

Hence why of all teams across all professional sports that I dislike, the Bruins top that list, and it’s not even close. Jacobs has always been a shitty person. Mike Ilitch put him to shame during his life, and Chris is continuing the legacy of doing the same.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 03/27/20 at 08:29 PM ET

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