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Nashville mayor urges both sides to “think about the greater good”

Sep 14, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

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A lockout will have a financial impact that extends beyond just the owners and players. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said that downtown businesses in Music City were hurt during the 2004-05 lockout.

“This is a private dispute between the players organization and the owners,” Dean said in a Tennessean report. “But what I do think both sides – and I guess the owners are the ones talking about a lockout – is that they need to stop and think about the greater good.”

Dean pointed out that the Predators employ a lot of people and there’s also plenty of people who are employed by businesses that benefit from the NHL season.

The current CBA is set to expire on Saturday, although the regular season isn’t set to start until Oct. 11.

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  1. xaf605 - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    The little man is always forgotten about in these situations this lockout doesnt hurt anyone except the people that rely on these part time jobs it just disgusts me

  2. jfinn5 - Sep 15, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    He is from a work to right state? That’s always bad!

  3. Doesnotmatter - Sep 15, 2012 at 5:12 AM

    Exactly what I’d expect to hear from a politician. He’s got a point but his opinions are completely irrelevant.

  4. charlutes - Sep 15, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    Gary Bettman looks ridiculous when he talks, he does this pompous head shake thing with every sentence. Its as if he’s trying to say, “I care about money not hockey” with every breathe. I’m not even saying he feels that way but why would you hire such an unlikable, un-relatable guy to be the figurehead for the NHL?

  5. drez146 - Sep 15, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    Bettman and his head bobbing are pretty annoying. My dislike for him grows each day.

  6. sampulls - Sep 15, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Charluts
    “I care about money not hockey”
    ——————————

    Heaven forbid you run a business to make money! Why do you think the owners like home so much?

  7. jaredo10 - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    What a joke.. Just when the League was starting to get there fan base back.. Boom… Another Lockout.. Screw the NHL

  8. ricepilof - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    And you think there would be some sort of coverage on the lockout on NHL Network? NONE. #4 pro sport in US is well deserved. Who is #5 sport, I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough when they overtake the NHL.

  9. capsrockva - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    to jaredo10 stay off hockey blogs if you don’t like the sport! I for one love hockey more that football and if they go to a lockout, I fear hockey won’t survive in the US. Get the deal done please owners and players!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. manchestermiracle - Sep 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    A politician making this sort of statement is the height of hypocrisy. When’s the last time a pol actually did something “for the greater good?” Both politicians and pro sports organizations look out for themselves first and foremost. The only difference between Republicans/Democrats and owners/players is that the owners/players sometimes actually produce something worth watching.

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