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Thursday, October 4, 2012
NHL Lockout 2012- Minnesota Wild
More bad news fans- The National Hockey League canceled two weeks of the regular season Thursday, the second time games have been lost because of a lockout in seven years.
The announcement was made in a two-paragraph statement from the NHL. It isn't clear if those games will be made up, allowing for a complete 82-game regular season, if a deal can be struck soon with the locked out players.
They are unable to work out how to split up $3 billion (really? That's like nothing, comparatively) in hockey-related revenues with the players' association, the NHL wiped out 82 games from Oct. 11 through Oct. 24 — beginning with four next Thursday, which would have been the league's opening night.
Although there have been negotiations between the league and players in recent days, unlike the 2004-05 lockout that forced the cancellation of the entire season, the two sides haven't gotten any closer to a deal on core economic issues.
This is slightly embarrassing for everyone involved. Hockey should be about the game, not the money. We'll keep you posted.