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Rocky Wirtz On The Lockout

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

So Wirtz — who spoke at length with the Sun-Times in his lakeshore office Wednesday — said he understands the fans’ frustration and anger over the lockout. He also repeatedly said he thanks them for their patience during the collective-bargaining process. But he also said neither he, nor anyone else, owes those fans an apology for nearly losing an entire season for the second time in eight years.

“I don’t think the owners or the players should have to apologize for going through a collective-bargaining process,” said Wirtz, an investor in the Sun-Times’ parent company, Wrapports LLC. “Labor is labor, and that’s just the way it is. It might be very distasteful for the fans, but, unfortunately, when you have unions involved, that’s the process you have to go through.”

Many Hawks fans felt differently and took to the Internet with their displeasure about a brief “thank you” letter signed by Wirtz and team president John McDonough. It, too, thanked fans for their patience, but offered no apology to fans, local businesses and others who were hurt by the lockout. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman — essentially the working arm and mouthpiece of the owners — apologized publicly in the wake of the Jan. 6 agreement. Wirtz said Bettman “was speaking from the heart” but didn’t feel it was necessary.

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

“I don’t think the owners or the players should have to apologize for going through a collective-bargaining process,

That was such a F-U of a statement I couldn’t even conintue.

Just the process huh?  All the “if you bring your legal representative to the bargaining table, that could be a deal breaker” talk was just part of the process, status quo?  He’s saying there was no bullshit unnecessarily which extended this whole thing?  The not supplying the PA with independent audit info until a month before the CBA expired, when requested the year before?  This is the FUNDAMENTAL difference between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us.  They have no remorse or empathy.  All they see is dollar signs.

That’s up there with Jimmy D’s Cattle/Ranch analogy.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/18/13 at 02:06 PM ET

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That was such a F-U of a statement

Amen to that.  I’m glad I’m not a Blackhawks fan because if I were, this would really stick in my craw, in a major, major way.  One thing I’m very proud of teams like the Penguins (and some other teams also) for is that they apologized when the lockout ended, with no conditions or qualifications. 

Even if you want to argue it was just lip service, I like a franchise to have a firm grasp on the importance of public relations and the need to not appear like an arrogant a******* after you’ve just spent months screwing over your loyal customers—something this idiot is clearly incapable of. 

If you see no need whatsoever to apologize (because you truly are the embodiment of Mr. Burns from The Simpsons), then for heaven’s sake, keep your mouth shut instead of rubbing the fans’ noses in how completely irrelevant they are to you—as long as they continue to repeatedly open their wallets.

Posted by Lex Talionis on 01/18/13 at 02:40 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Man this guy’s a *#$%@&.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/18/13 at 02:48 PM ET

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Business is business, people.  You all keep thinking hockey’s not a business.

This is how businesses run nowadays, where margins constantly tighten and palms sweat.

This is why Hostess goes under, 2 of the big 3 have to get a load of free money just to limp along for a few more years, and there’s 8% unemployment with millions of people who don’t count towards that number who’ve fallen out of the workforce entirely from sheer defeat.

It stinks for the people who liked Twinkies and Faceoffs, but it is what it is.

Getting mad because someone in a suit didn’t lie to you convincingly enough misses the point.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/18/13 at 03:14 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Like father, like son. It is my wish, that Chicago NEVER hoists another Cup until after Wirtz has passed.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/18/13 at 09:29 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Hostess went under due to venture capitalists raiding the company and the pension funds. And collective bargaining RARELY BEGINS with a lockout, outside of the NHL.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/19/13 at 12:09 AM ET

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