It’s been a rough year for Flyers fans, and for NHL fans in general. Shortly after the LA Kings miraculously stole the Stanley Cup Championship from the New Jersey Devils, the NHLPA and owner’s have been in negotiations regarding a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. It’s getting close to six months into the negotiations and literally nothing has happened.
It’s frustrating for everyone that it involves The NHL & the owners because they are losing a ton of money in sales and merchandise revenue, the players because they are not working but most importantly the fans. The fans essentially are signing all their pay checks and because millionaires and billionaires are arguing about money they can’t watch their favorite teams play. It’s really depressing and fans are incredibly frustrated with how things are going. There is not much that fans can do but wait. Which sucks.
As of recently federal mediators were brought in to help alleviate this issue and try to get the two parties to finally reach an agreement. It was not surprising to many fans that absolutely nothing came of it. The league is definitely trying to do as much as they possibly can to fix this problem. So they are trying a meeting without Gary Bettman or Don Fehr who have been the spokesperson for both sides through this lockout.
With half the season in a lockout it seems like the league is just using the last resort in their arsenal. So today six league owners will be meeting with 18 players without union representations. No one from the Flyers organizations (players or owners) will be present.
Stay tuned for more lockout updates. Hopefully this is over soon and we can all get back to watching the puck drop.
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