Reaction to the claim the league lost $240 million over the last 2 years, fan protests against the lockout, and more.
HOCKEY ANALYSIS/ON THE FORECHECK/YAHOO! SPORTS/SECOND CITY HOCKEY: David Johnson, Dirk Hoag, Ryan Lambert and “SamFels” dismiss yesterday’s news leak which cited an NHL source claiming the league lost $240 million over the last two seasons.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given how much the league was crowing over its increased, record-setting attendance and revenue numbers in recent years, combined with the fact the twelve teams which made money in 2010-11 more than offset the losses of the eighteen teams which didn’t, it’s no wonder that report of $240 million in losses was greeted with derision.
Even if the league were losing that much money, the timing of this leak – coming only 11 days before the expiration of the current CBA – doesn’t help it justify its case, especially when one considers it was pleading poverty for months leading up to the last lockout. Sorry, NHL, but in the eyes of the fans, that claim doesn’t pass the BS test.
WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: “JJ from Kansas” on why the league sought a “management rights clause” in its latest CBA proposal might not be a bad thing.
HOCKEY WILDERNESS: Paul “BizNasty” Bissonnette’s attempt to take the NHL to task for only having four owners (or 13.3 percent of league ownership) participating in CBA talks doesn’t account why only 14.4 percent of the PA membership is actively taking part in negotiations.
RAW CHARGE: John Fontana points out the lack of a central figure to rally NHL fans against a lockout.
FIVE FOR HOWLING: Travis Hair believes there’s been enough bickering over fan attempts to protest the lockout, even if said protests won’t change things.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m not against fans using legal means to protest a lockout, if for nothing else than it’ll make them feel better and blow off steam. Just don’t expect them to have any impact upon CBA negotiations.
PSYCHO HOCKEY LADY: Why do female hockey fans still have to prove themselves as hockey fans? My guess: old-fashioned chauvinism.
DIE BY THE BLADE: Zachary Zielonka on why a lockout might be (gasp!) good for hockey fans.
THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz with another installment on other hockey leagues for NHL fans to follow in the event of a lockout: Today: The CHL.