My best guess would be yes, but fear is beginning to set in. Maybe, that fear can replace the utter disgust I have for the whole situation. Is this not a great symbol for our time? The rich arguing with the richer without care to anyone else below them.
For the first time, I have my doubts on whether or not the season will begin when it is supposed to. However, there is more time than some acknowledge. The current collective agreement between the 2 sides is set to expire on September 15th, but they could still reach a deal in the 15 or so days after that date and still have hockey begin on October 11th. Once again, I would like to point out how sick this makes me feel. Not because we would have to wait longer for hockey, but because of the philosophies behind such greed and ignorance in this world. I want to fast forward to the days of Star Trek when we get rid of this stupid idea of money and begin to progress because of passion rather than the size of our wallets.
We should take 75 percent of all of their money and give it back to the cities that support these teams. Give it to the poor, the hungry, the education system, etc, and they would all still make more 20 times what a teacher makes. This country and this world have a deeply dysfunctional view of value which has caused them to lose their values in the process.
With that said, and believe me, there is so much more to say, I am on the NHLPA's side here. They are the underdog after all. It would make me smile a bit to see them call the NHL Owner's bluff, give them the finger and walk away to other places to play the game, but it is unlikely to happen. The NHL's first proposal was ridiculous, so much that I assumed it was made with the expectations of a much different counter offer.
Well, after the most recent negotiations, and counter by the NHLPA, it seems the owners are not happy and not wanting to budge. From what I had read of the NHLPA's counter offer, it seemed pretty brilliant actually. There are so many different levels to approach it on, but what I read was inspiring overall. My favorite part was the language about revenue sharing for the struggling clubs. It is part of the offer that makes the players seem like the more reasonable ones, and makes them the heroes, which they should be since they are the ones we are watching anyway. With that said, they are no angels either, but they are the ones giving their blood for this game.
We could go on and on, and talk specifically about how it all seems so counterproductive to a fast growing sport. Just like what happened last time we were here. Obviously, any delay in the beginning of the season could hurt the game significantly.
Maybe it is time the fans spoke up and said enough. That's what this all about anyway right? The people are without power, while the rich and powerful quarrel about their own silly affairs that hurt everyone below them while simultaneously saying that it is so they can help us. We are the ones that give them the money for their paychecks and maybe we shouldn't anymore. Maybe the fans should boycott these owners and the NHL. The owners have other business interests, such as Rocky and his beverage depot. Stop shopping there today. In fact, why don't you find out the name of the person who owns your neighborhood shop and start giving them your money. You know what, you don't really need that new Blackhawks Jersey, or Hat. Keep the money in your pocket, do it in the name of hockey and feel a sense of pride while doing it. What if no one showed up to by tickets on Monday? That would provide a pretty good message to the owners.
If you are not happy, don't buy their BS.
Viva La Resistance!