July 14, 2005

PLAY...UM...BALL!

NHL, NHLPA agree to tentative deal (CBC, July 13th, 2005)

The NHL and the Players' Association struck a tentative deal Wednesday on a new collective bargaining agreement that could end the hockey lockout.

The deal, reported to be for six years, still requires ratification from both the league's board of governors and the players' union.

The players will meet next Wednesday and Thursday in Toronto while the owners will meet Thursday in New York. Both sides are expected to approve the deal, leading to the return of NHL hockey for the 2005-06 season.

Is there any doubt that if this had gone on for another year, the terrorists would have won?

Posted by Peter Burnet at July 14, 2005 6:52 AM
Comments

Great news.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at July 14, 2005 7:10 AM

Free the Zambonis!

Posted by: Mike Morley at July 14, 2005 7:38 AM

Wow, soccer on ice. How exciting.

Posted by: David Cohen at July 14, 2005 7:39 AM

Where's the TV contract now? Home Shopping Network? Univision? PBS?

Posted by: bart at July 14, 2005 8:43 AM

The agreement is bad for the enviroment.

The ice that has had just a year to rebuild will again become endangered this fall. The sad thing is that people just don't care.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at July 14, 2005 8:54 AM

There wasn't a hockey season last year? Seriously?

Posted by: Rick T. at July 14, 2005 9:32 AM

While the players had to take a big financial hit -- not a hard thing to justify when your TV contract is all-but-nonexistant -- owners of some of the teams are actually trying to get away with not lowering their ticket prices, while expecting fan attendance to come back to their pre-strike levels. Not very smart business management, coming off a strike that showed stupidity on both sides.

Posted by: John at July 14, 2005 9:41 AM

ESPN was raking in enough moolah on college baseball that they balked at giving the NHL a contract without a guarantee upcoming season. Just try telling me that wouldn't send a shiver down your spine if you were an NHL exec.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at July 14, 2005 1:30 PM

Pro bowling was matching the NHL's ratings.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at July 14, 2005 1:39 PM

I was wondering how much those guys were going to be making wearing a brown unifrom.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at July 14, 2005 1:58 PM

Pro bowling had better ratings than golf, not just as desirable a demographic.

Posted by: bart at July 14, 2005 3:57 PM

In the next few years the NHL is going to contract the way the CFL did after it's failed attempt to bring the 55 yard line south of the border. Wouldn't be surprised that they end up with not much more than the franchises they had before the WHA was formed.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 14, 2005 5:32 PM

Drop that puck!

Can't wait to hear "he shoots, he scooooooooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrsssss!" again.

Posted by: Dave W. at July 15, 2005 11:27 AM
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