Labor Negotiations for NHL Lockout May Continue Tuesday
The NHL's lockout has gone from putting the hockey world into a frenzy, to making all of the fans of the game and the sports bettors alike, just upright angry about it. Everyone wants both sides to just figure it out and for everything to get handled, just like the NBA and NFL were able to do over the past few years when they ran into their labor negotiation issues that came up. The NHL seems far, far off right now though, and it's left everyone with a whole lot of concern, especially due to the fact that many players are heading overseas to play so that they aren't stuck an entire year without being able to play their sport.
It's not like the two sides aren't trying to come together to make a deal happen though, as the labor negotiations between the locked out players association and the NHL are apparently going to be resuming this Tuesday, which will be the end of a four day break that the two sides had from eachother. As far as what the two sides are going to talk about and where it is going to be held on Tuesday, no one knows yet as they haven't made a final decision. They talked for two days this week in New York, but the hockey related revenue never came up, and this has been the biggest issue between the two sides that led to the some regular season games and preseason games being cancelled.
To this point, we've had a 28 day lockout that saw the first three regular season days gone as well as the preseason, and games through October 24th are all cancelled. If the NHL wants to have any chance of putting together an 82 game season and making up those lost games, they need to put together a plan quickly and make this entire thing work. The issues there were handled in the meeting on Thursday were about issues like drug testing and dividing revenue. From what we've had so far, it's not looking like we will have any hockey in October, and we aren't even sure about November currently.
For some mindblowing numbers, the NHL is apparently going to lose $100 million for losing the preseason, and are going to lose $140 milliont o $150 million with the regular season losses that they are going to be taking. That's a crazy number, and one that really makes you wonder why the two sides aren't more frantic to make this work.
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