Wishful thinking that an NHL season still possible

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While December 21, 2012 did not bring about the end of the world, it also did not bring about the end of the NHL lockout.  As the new year starts there is still hope that an NHL season is possible with both sides once again talking.

While an exact date is not on any calendar, the end is near for any possible NHL season. If the NHL lockout is not resolved by early January it is very likely that the entire 2012-2013 season would be lost.

If both sides could come to terms in the next few weeks a 48 game season is likely. That is the number of games played in the 1994-1995 lockout, and most people agree that anything less is not enough to represent a true season.

Keep in mind that for the NHL most fans realize that with more the half of the teams making the playoffs, the "regular season" is nothing more than a way to weed out the terrible teams and set up the playoff seedings.

As the deadline for the season closes in on us, the odds are that somehow both sides will come to some compromise to save the season.

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Why are performance enhancing drugs illegal?

Should performance enhancing drugs be accepted in sports?

As a society we have an obligation to maintain public safety.

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In our lifetime we often make decisions where we must identify risks and assess risks. If something has the potential to cause you harm, you should be aware of the risks.

If an athlete is clearly made aware of the risks, should they have the right to use substances created in the laboratory to enhance their performance?

But that's not fair!

As a society do we have an obligation to maintain fairness? Isn't science and technology already creating a competitive edge for those who can afford it?

What about the athletes that have armies of scientists, nutritionists, coaches, and physical therapists choreographing their every move?

Sports medicine has progressed so much in recent years, but does every athlete have the same access to these advancements?

Does a third world athlete have access to the same nutritionists, the same scientists, as someone from a more developed nation?

What about the families that mortgage their future, put their lives in hock to give their child athletes access to world class trainers who are known for developing world class athletes?

Is it fair?  Do you care that it is fair?

NHL lockout: fans need to make some noise!

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Talks broke off on Thursday between the NHL and its players' association  and the NHL owners over the current labor dispute.

No more optimism?

NHL commissioner Bettman used phrases such as "extraordinarily unhappy" and "thoroughly disappointed" to describe the situation on Thursday.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, one of 18 players who attended the meeting remarked, "In a nutshell, it doesn't look good right now."

Both sides sounding so pessimistic reminds us of a line from a popular 1960s song, "Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong."

In any dispute, if both parties aren't willing to come to the table, no one wins.  It's not a matter of right and wrong, it is a matter of both sides being committed to resolving the issue.

People don't care?

An article in the Huffington post proclaims, "NHL's Biggest Problem As Lockout Draws On: Most People Don't Care."

Generally speaking NHL fans are a very passionate and dedicated bunch. NHL fans came back eagerly after the lost 2004-05 season. Maybe it is not so much that the fans don't care about the NHL lockout this time around as much as they are preoccupied with their more pressing issues.

Across North America businesses have reduced salaries and employee benefits in the name of cutting costs. If most North American workers were faced with taking a cut in pay or find work elsewhere, they would be forced to take the pay cut. The average worker can not walk away in protest because they have families to support.

The argument of the spoiled rich guys, the billionaire owners versus millionaire players often comes up.  The millionaire players are failing to respect the fans support of them after the last lock out. The fans came back to the hockey rinks and arenas and supported the players so they could make their millions. 

It is hard to respect the players who now thumb their noses to the fans. Instead of the players collectively sticking together and demanding that negotiations continue, the bigger name stars go off to play in other hockey leagues in Russia or Europe.


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