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Wishful thinking that an NHL season still possible

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While December 21, 2012 did not bring about the end of the world, it also did not bring about the end of the NHL lockout.  As the new year starts there is still hope that an NHL season is possible with both sides once again talking.

While an exact date is not on any calendar, the end is near for any possible NHL season. If the NHL lockout is not resolved by early January it is very likely that the entire 2012-2013 season would be lost.

If both sides could come to terms in the next few weeks a 48 game season is likely. That is the number of games played in the 1994-1995 lockout, and most people agree that anything less is not enough to represent a true season.

Keep in mind that for the NHL most fans realize that with more the half of the teams making the playoffs, the "regular season" is nothing more than a way to weed out the terrible teams and set up the playoff seedings.

As the deadline for the season closes in on us, the odds are that somehow both sides will come to some compromise to save the season.

NHL lockout: fans need to make some noise!

NHL Hockey Empty Net

Talks broke off on Thursday between the NHL and its players' association  and the NHL owners over the current labor dispute.

No more optimism?

NHL commissioner Bettman used phrases such as "extraordinarily unhappy" and "thoroughly disappointed" to describe the situation on Thursday.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, one of 18 players who attended the meeting remarked, "In a nutshell, it doesn't look good right now."

Both sides sounding so pessimistic reminds us of a line from a popular 1960s song, "Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong."

In any dispute, if both parties aren't willing to come to the table, no one wins.  It's not a matter of right and wrong, it is a matter of both sides being committed to resolving the issue.

People don't care?

An article in the Huffington post proclaims, "NHL's Biggest Problem As Lockout Draws On: Most People Don't Care."

Generally speaking NHL fans are a very passionate and dedicated bunch. NHL fans came back eagerly after the lost 2004-05 season. Maybe it is not so much that the fans don't care about the NHL lockout this time around as much as they are preoccupied with their more pressing issues.

Across North America businesses have reduced salaries and employee benefits in the name of cutting costs. If most North American workers were faced with taking a cut in pay or find work elsewhere, they would be forced to take the pay cut. The average worker can not walk away in protest because they have families to support.

The argument of the spoiled rich guys, the billionaire owners versus millionaire players often comes up.  The millionaire players are failing to respect the fans support of them after the last lock out. The fans came back to the hockey rinks and arenas and supported the players so they could make their millions. 

It is hard to respect the players who now thumb their noses to the fans. Instead of the players collectively sticking together and demanding that negotiations continue, the bigger name stars go off to play in other hockey leagues in Russia or Europe.

NFL officials lockout resolved by social media?

Football officials voting on a call
Just days after social media outlets went wild over a controversial call on the final play of Monday Night Football, the league resolved their issues with NFL officials.

Many players were defiant in their remarks both in interviews as well as on social media outlets such as Twitter openly blasting the replacement officials. In the days that followed Monday's Packers versus Seahawks game players and fans alike complained on Twitter. NFL commissioner Goodell’s office was flooded with angry voicemails.

It would appear that the public pressure on social media was a catalyst to resolve the issue as the NFL and the referees union worked swiftly to get a deal done during the week and had all their issues resolved before the next NFL game on Thursday.

In his statement to the fan's released on Friday Roger Goodell stated: "... I regret we were not able to secure an agreement sooner in the process and avoid the unfortunate distractions to the game. You deserve better."

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