Last night twitter was a buzz with news that the NHLPA was putting an offer through that could end the lockout. Twitter kept updating the numbers and the NHLPA were offering a 8 year CBA with an 8 year cap for contracts. Don Fehr annouced that he thought the two parties were close to a new deal. Even though we’ve heard news like this so much and it’s led to disappoint, fans were still excited and hopeful that this lockout was finally coming to an end.
But then the NHL gave their two cents, by rejecting the offer via voicemail. Yes, voicemail because Fehr was in a press conference as they were calling to say no to their new offer. If you saw the press conference last night you could tell how livid both Fehr and Bettman were over the deal not going through. Fehr for obvious reasons, and Bettman because he thought it was a ridiculous offer.
The NHL kept offering things and saying if you accept this it has to be as is, but the NHLPA wants to keep changing it to fit their needs. Which is fine, because that’s what negotiations are supposed to be like, but at some point you have to find a way to compromise. And these two parties just do not know how to do that. It’s just leading to more and more disappointment for everyone.
We’ve talked about how this lockout affects not only the players and owners in terms of revenue but also the fans who pay their revenue. Sometimes we forget about the other people that work within these organization that are also losing a lot of money and probably have had to secure other jobs. Which is very hard in our current economic down turn. We’ve talking about the people who run concessions, event staff like the zamboni driver and even the guy that cleans the arena after the games. All these people have lost their jobs due to this lockout, and the NHL and PA really need to think about that so they can bring the game of hockey back for everyone.
On a lighter note, the Phantoms play tonight so expect a game review later this weekend.
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