With no Winter Classic, will there by a hockey season?
Fri, 2 Nov 2012|
CSN Washington dot com. Part Jack this is just terrible terrible news it that we all saw -- coming all along I've been saying that was the -- season would start. The made for TV event winter classic so what does this mean for the NHL. Well for one it means that it's going to be a longer wait than any of us had hoped I think that a lot of people thought for the winter classic would be. Then the breaking point if they don't get the winner class again there's no regular season. I don't think that's going to be the case. But it definitely puts a lot of pressure on these flyers to come to the table and don't accept what the owners are offering and so far they haven't done that. So I think that's one thing we're gonna have to look at where resistance. What kind of wait is this kind of placed on the players and will get a deal done because. The NHL's walking away from 25 million dollars it cost three million dollars to have this. But if they they can get back 25 million dollars in revenue so that's a big chunk of change -- they're walking away from and that means they mean business. But this news comes in the same day -- you hear news that they are gonna talk again soon. Can they get this done is this gonna force the flyers. I think it it it's gonna. Forced them to get to the table and that's what they have to deal. They haven't talked for two weeks so the players have to get to the table they've been asking owners we wanna negotiate with cable we also want to negotiate on the terms of the contract that you brought out. With a lot of variations. The owners are saying. We will talk about this but it's pretty much no different than what we laid on my own table before so. I think what has happened here is the players have to come to the table they're gonna take less than they want this the way it works in professional sports the players almost always. -- owners have unlimited funds the players only have so much money so we have seen a season start in late January once upon a time or is there a point where you say. I know we getting close to a point where you say there's just -- season. Well I think the last time it happened was 9495. And they settled on January 11 and started playing January 20. So there is time I think that was a 48 game season it was actually good hockey if it was like playoff hockey practice lawyers you have so it was it was a lot of fun to watch but. The NHL I think fifty is the breaking point. And you have to get in that at least fifty -- right around the fifty mark and to do that you have -- settled by sometime mid to late December so there is time. I still don't think the season's going to be wiped away I know I maybe in the minority but I think there's going to be hockey and it will be shortened season about fifty game. We talked a couple of times in earnest now is with you for a long time. I'm starting on the other direction the clock is ticking chuck Gormley thanks so much for your views on this CSN Washington dot com.