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Ready For Another CBA Battle?

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

There are still another seven seasons remaining in the NHL’s current collective bargaining agreement and the league’s business is booming to the point of serious and public expansion discussion. But as far as NHL Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr is concerned, once the CBA ends after the 2021-22 campaign, the league’s labor history will repeat in the most unfortunate of ways.

That’s right. Prepare yourself for another lockout.

“If you put baseball to the side where there’s no cap, I don’t see anything yet which suggests any of the other three (North American) leagues are likely to break out of the phenomenon of a lockout every time, because a salary cap produces that phenomenon on the management side,” Fehr told THN Wednesday in an interview for a feature that appears in THN’s upcoming People of Power And Influence special edition. “(Owners) think they’ve got nothing to lose: “Let’s just go see what happens, and maybe we’ll get a little bit more.”


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Hank1974's avatar

Honestly, why wouldn’t the league and PA care about locking out every time the CBA expires?
Us fans have shown that we’re nothing but a bunch of mindless clapping seals that can’t wait to slather the league with money any chance we get.

Full season gone? No problem, attendance and revenue goes through the roof.
6 years later, we have another lockout resulting in half a season lost. Again, revenues increased.

Why would Fehr and Bettman worry about the fans coming back when it’s been proven that NHL fans will return in droves once the doors re-open.

Posted by Hank1974 on 12/18/14 at 04:56 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Fehr and the NHLPA are the only folks who’ve said, “You know, if we keep doing this, people are going to finally say, ‘f*** this.’” They aren’t wrong.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 12/19/14 at 01:04 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

George, you’re absolutely right. I stand corrected.
The players are the ones being locked out by the owners. Players also know that they really can’t afford to lose even a half-season.

I used to be on the side of the owners, but no more.

Posted by Hank1974 on 12/19/14 at 08:17 AM ET

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