Randy Miller: NHL Lockout Approaching Dubious Status
20 Nov, 2012
Lockout approaching dubious status
NHL owners and the players’ union did a lot talking this last week Friday made 4 days in a row – but it appears the sides still are a Philly-to-Edmonton tee shot away from a new CBA.
Friday was another frustrating day for hockey fans with negotiations in Manhattan breaking down due to a tug-a-war that has no end in sight – the union wants existing players contracts whole and owners won’t agree to it.
“We thought we were much closer together on a structure of a deal than suggestions were,” NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr told ESPN.com. “They came back to us and said, ‘No, we’re very, very far apart on a structure of the deal.’ “
And so, this lockout that began Sept. 16 continues.
By Monday, it’ll be Day 57, which will make this work stoppage the fifth-longest in North American professional sports history, passing the 1982 NFL strike, which began two games into the regular season and led to a shortened 9-game campaign.
Sadly, this will give the NHL three of the five longest work stoppages, each of them in the last 20 years.
Here are top 4:
1) 2004-05 NHL: A 310-day lockout wiped out an entire season.
2) 1994 Major League Baseball: A 232-day strike that canceled the World Series for the first time since 1904.
3) 1998-99 NBA: A 204-day strike that led to a shortened 50-game regular season.
4) 1994-95 NHL: Due to a 104-day lockout, the season didn’t begin until mid-January and lasted just 48 games.
Will there be a 2012-13 hockey season?
My gut tells me yes … but if all this recent talking doesn’t lead to a lot of give and take from both sides real soon, it’ll be just a 2013 hockey season because December is coming our fast.
About Randy Miller
Randy Miller joined the Courier-Post in September 2011 to cover the Flyers after 16 years as a Phillies beat writer. Surprisingly, Randy warmed up very quickly to the Flyers even though he spent most of his life closely following his hometown team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Please don’t hate him for that or for staying true to his Steelers. Randy also is the author of a best-selling autobiography, “Harry the K: The Remarkable Life of Harry Kalas,” and often can be heard talking sports on WIP radio as a guest on Angelo Cataldi’s morning show. Follow Randy on Twitter at @randyjmiller.