So apparently the two feuding sides have come to an agreement. Apparently we’re going to see rubber across the ice after all.
After weeks and weeks of billionaires fighting millionaires, we have once again been graced with the sport that we love and care for so deeply.
But where do the fans stand in all of this? We were insignificant during the lockout, for the most part, but now after the negotiating is done, and the business of hockey has been “taken care of”, there seems to be a true concern for the interest of the fans that pack the seats, and fill the pockets of both sides that were so bitterly against one another.
Hockey is not just a sport, but part of the lifestyle of so many Canadians and Americans and others across the globe. I’m not sure if it’s too little too late for many that thrive on the drop of the puck weekly.
The new CBA has granted the fans a 10 year hiatus over the continuous bickering between the NHLPA and the NHL (well – maybe 8 years with the clause), but is this enough to keep us willing to support the league with our hard earned money and support? Only time will tell.
I, for one, am happy to have hockey back. I can’t wait to see our boys in Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge don their skates and hit the ice again. I’m anxious to hear the commentators on RDS speak those fine words – “Et le but”.
But there are many bitter feelings as well. I’m not normally a fan of Gary Bettman, but I have seen the greed of the players this time around, and it’s definitely changed my perspective on the “business” of hockey.
The only people that lost during this lockout, were the fans and the many businesses around the globe, that rely on the sport to bring dollars into their pockets.
So let’s hope that we can rely on sound minds to prevail. That come eight to ten years from now, when a new CBA will be in question, that the members of both parties will have the courage to do what is right – and keep the game alive.