While plodding around on the inter-webs, I came across an article where two NHL Senators wrote a little love note to the NHL and NHLPA asking them to please settle their differences because this hurts local business in Newark – which I wholeheartedly agree with. But I took away from this story two things:
1. The NHL and NHLPA don’t care about local businesses in and around arenas. The NHL cares about what they feel is in the best interest of the league – however misguided it may be. The NHLPA, like most unions, cares about itself and doesn’t dare peak outside the box for that would be against union regulations. In many cases – it most likely is going against it’s members’ wishes to do what it feels is in it’s best interest to keep face and rake in as much money as possible. And yet of the two sides, I have to hitch my boat to the NHLPA because I really feel the league is just trying to get away with whatever they want and truly justifying why unions still need to exist today.
2. I severely dislike the threat thrown in the letter by the senators stating “Congress has jurisdiction over interstate commerce, which includes professional sports, and will be keeping a ‘close eye’ on negotiations.” So if everyone remembers what a waste of taxpayer money Congress spent during the baseball drug use trials, just remember they could easily waste money butting in to the issues being hashed out by the NHL and NHLPA.
And lets be honest here – Congress isn’t going to weigh in on this issue because, as I stated in yesterday’s post, not enough people care about hockey to really warrant someone paying attention to the problem. And even if they did, they wouldn’t pay attention to the correct problem anyway, and that is in my mind the league feels it can strong-arm the players in to any deal they want because, if they don’t agree 100% to their terms, they’ll just lock the players out. To me, that’s not negotiating in good faith. I never thought I would be sticking up for the people who in a given year make more than I could ever imagine to make in a lifetime, but here we are and here I am – doing just that.
And now today I find an even more interesting news article in which Gov. Christie hopes to see the lockout end “as a fan” and for the “economic impact.” But he admitted that he couldn’t really add anything to help the situation along, and any politician who tries is just grandstanding. And I agree. Not to get in to a political debate here, but I’m not a big fan of the big governor. I don’t agree with a lot of what he says or does. But every so often I must admit that he says something that just makes real sense and I can’t deny it. And this so happens to be one of those times. Don’t sit around Congress and draft a letter to the NHL and the NHLPA asking them to make things right in their little world. How about you try to help in the issues of things that really matter to the country?
Back to the hockey side of the NHL, we will most likely hear on Wednesday that the NHL has cancelled the start of the season. Probably just the first few weeks to begin, and then they’ll continue to chip away as both sides sit and stare at each other waiting for the other to cave. In recent meetings, both sides have met but not made any progress on the hockey related revenue. Instead, discussions and progress are being made on other “peripheral” issues. I think that means they’re discussing things like the players’ dental plans.