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Report: Bettman will address owners regarding lockout on Sept. 13

Sep 4, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

Perhaps a Sept. 13 Board of Governors’ meeting is the “real” deadline for a lockout.’s Tim Panaccio quotes a “league source” who claims that Gary Bettman will address the Board of Governors on that date to “re-affirm” that the owners are on board for a work stoppage.

After a series of steady (if divisive meetings) dominated the last couple months, the NHLPA and owners said that they don’t currently have a plan to meet up again.

Maybe something will change in the next week-plus, but if not, hockey fans might get the bad news a couple days earlier than many expected.

  1. id4joey - Sep 4, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Fans! It is time to strike! We will NOT buy any NHL merchandise now or after the start of the next season starts whenever it occurs. We MUST hurt these selfish players and owners until they feel the pain. Both sides are selfish and greedy, neither side cares about us, the fans that pay their salary.

    • tatdue - Sep 4, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      The NHL and the NHLPA do not sell merchandise, thy sell licensing rights which are paid well in advance. The only people you would be hurting by not buying merchandise are the regular folk like you and me and everybody else who works in manufacturing, distributing, retail, and anybody else in between…..I want the owners to feel the pain too but that’s not the way…for me anyways…I don’t want to hurt the wrong people.

  2. xaf605 - Sep 4, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Already not buying my kid comes to me and says he wants a practice jersey i say to him im sorry but i not buying anything unless they start playing when their supposed to

    • tatdue - Sep 4, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      Ya…punish your kid….that will teach those owners…!

  3. jaybertx - Sep 4, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    So tired of the drama… Just get it done!

  4. windmiller4 - Sep 4, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    So basically bettman is gonna be lazy about it, beat around the bush, and when a deal doesn’t get done “because they didn’t have enough time” he’ll just cancel the season and collect his 8mil.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      I feel as though if your sport is locked out for a third time you’ve failed at your job and should be terminated, but at the very least, you should not be among the highest compensated commissioners.

  5. tatdue - Sep 4, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Not sure what this James O’Brien guy is thinking but the date set as the deadline is because that’s when this CBA ends so it really doesn’t make any sense what so ever to say what this guy is saying…No matter what is decided by the owners at that meeting this CBA is in effect till the15th…..and even if it wasn’t for the owners to jump the gun and lock the players out even earlier would be a public relations nightmare, let alone be sending the absolutely wrong message..!

  6. pariseinminnesotabichez - Sep 4, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Well so much hype in the offseason with free agency, was really looking forward to seeing them play this year… Basketball anyone?

    • windmiller4 - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      Id rather watch Bissonette teach cheechoo how to skate

  7. bubblehead2012 - Sep 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    This is all BS and it’s bad for the league/game. How much $$ is enough? Both sides equally guilty and Bettman and Fehr are both egomaniacs.

  8. manchestermiracle - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Best way for fans to get across their frustration with the league would be to wait until games start and then NOT GO. It would be painfully obvious to owners and players alike that the fans are justifiably pissed off at them when they look around and see empty arenas. It wouldn’t have to last long, maybe four or five games. Too bad the rabid fans who snap up those overpriced tickets are completely unable to control themselves and are also incapable of realizing that they are part of the problem.

    When Frank McCourt kept milking the L.A. Dodgers for spending money the fans slowly, but surely, stopped coming. This needs to happen all across the NHL. Watch the games on TV, but don’t buy any sponsor’s product. Don’t attend any games. The way to get a businessman’s attention is to not buy his product. Nothing else does any good.

    • tatdue - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:02 AM

      I don’t know how many people would buy into it but they say that 40 – 50 percent of a teams revenue comes from tickets and parking…It would be pretty awesome if enough people didn’t go to say – for every game locked out makes one game people don’t go to – The owners would feel that! Unfortunately that would be a tough sell in a lot of markets. I do think that the owners know where the public stands though…..Let’s just hope that they are smart enough to start the season on time because I really do think that this isn’t like the last time. The greed aspect is just too much for people to support. This time they will lose fans and in turn, money! This time a lock out will hurt them….

      • desertfan - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        Biggest challenge to your proposal is that there are a large number of “presold” tix.

        I paid for mine PRIOR to the playoffs.

        And in some cities upwards of 90% of the tix are season ticket holders-stay at home but paid $300 for the two tix???

  9. sjsharks66 - Sep 5, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    I’m sorry but the players want a season. Why would we force them to play in an empty building? They’re fighting to give us a season as fans.

    • tatdue - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:14 AM

      They aren’t fighting for us buddy, don’t get delusional on us. If you can’t deal with not going to a game just go. There aren’t any ticket police or anything. I do support the players but only because it’s fair.

  10. pastabelly - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Why are the players to blame? They gave in to the owners several years ago that brought in the salary cap. This is the owners idea. I am now paying through the nose for Bruins tickets. It’s not as if they are going to reduce prices once they cut the cap.

  11. cheers4ablumpkin - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Bettman needs go to hell

  12. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    They just lost hundreds of millions of dollars so they’re “on board” for losing an entire season? I don’t even try to make sense of this anymore.

  13. caniacx4 - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    I swear we should all petition in our own markets, sign that if they don’t start on time than season ticket holders will not reup next season.

  14. irokkit - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Lockout the owners!!!!

    Okay, so that is ridiculous rhetoric, I know. I do believe the only way to
    Act effectively as fans is to STOP buying the product. Unilaterally!! Absolutely anything and everything associated with the NHL. I love this game! since I was 2 learning to skate in the backyard. I am 46 and still play. I WANT A SEASON. But if we the fans get burned again because the owners continue to hurt this game…then it is time to walk away.

    • tealwithit - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:54 AM

      You love the sport. The NHL is a business. Unfortunately, that means it’ll never be as simple as a bunch of guys playing hockey for the fans’ enjoyment. Business is a dirtier game than hockey will ever be.
      I understand why some fans might be thinking about boycotting games – Fans are passionate and incredibly emotional, and being robbed of games is frustrating, infuriating, and annoying. But in the end, you’d really only be punishing yourself. (Unless you find another league to follow that is just as fulfilling for you.) The players and the owners will always get paid, one way or another. The league will survive without you. But in a feeble attempt to hurt the business that hurt you, you’re forced to give up something that you love.
      I don’t know – Maybe for you, going to NHL games after a lockout just won’t be as great of an experience as it was before. In that case, pretending the league doesn’t exist anymore could be the best option for you. I just know it’s not an option for me.

  15. jimw81 - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Three words : Done and Done.

  16. ktboston - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Just f%##ing great!!!!!!!!

  17. wingsrule12 - Sep 6, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    If Bettman leads the NHL into another lock out I am done with the league. This a-hole has done nothing but ruin the game. I am an avid red wings fan but I will never watch or attend another game

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