September 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a press conference at the Crowne Plaza Times Square. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

NHL Cancels First Two Weeks of Regular Season

The NHL cut 82 regular season games tonight, deleting the schedule from October 11 through October 24. The lockout, now in its 18th day, has clearly entered a new stage, one where the owners have declared their willingness to sacrifice possible ticket and merchandise sales in order to try and squeeze the players into accepting a mediocre deal. With the three billion dollars in hockey-related revenue at stake, both sides seem to be drawing a line in the sand – as the NHL will continue to cancel games and thus deny the players paychecks, while the players will continue to move overseas and play for inferior leagues to maintain their livelihoods. To be sure, this new development probably signals that this lockout is here to stay, and that if major progress isn’t made another set of games could be cancelled by the end of next week.

Tags: Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) St. Louis Blues

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