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Online bookmaker: 2/1 odds NHL cancels season

Sep 14, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

From the good (and generous) people who gave you 3/1 odds the NHL and NHLPA wouldn’t reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by Sept. 15, online bookmaker Bovada has a few more lockout-related props for your consideration:



Ever the optimist, here’s how I’d bet:

—- No, Sidney Crosby won’t play in Europe. He’ll only consider going overseas if the NHL cancels its entire season, and I don’t think that will happen.

—- The lockout will end before Christmas. Santa Claus will get the two sides together.

—- Yes, the NHL will cancel some regular-season games. I may be an optimist, but I’m also a realist.

—- No, the Winter Classic won’t be canceled. (See: above.)

—- No, the entire season won’t be canceled. (See: above.)

—- Over. The players’ share of revenue will gradually diminish towards 50 percent from its current 57 percent over the course of a new CBA. It won’t get to 50-50 right away.

At this point, I should mention I picked the Pittsburgh Penguins to win the Stanley Cup.

  1. manchestermiracle - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Can’t bet on the games? Bet on whether or not there are any games.

  2. tmoore4075 - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    I am starting to feel there won’t be a season but I hope you are right Jason. I understand that thinking that getting a season started by December is what makes most sense. While I blame the owners for now sitting here saying “That perfect deal that would fix everything and cure cancer” from 7 years ago doesn’t work now the players also need to realize they can’t win in a staring contest and the owners will win the long run. The players don’t seem to get that, much like last time so that’s why I worry there won’t be a season at all.

  3. paledevil - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    If it goes to December The numbers become King Kong…. They players dont need to get it… What the league is offering will go down once games are missed..Once games are missed the players will not take bigger cuts becuase of missed games…. Only option wait till next year for a clean slate 50/50….
    If it does go three or 4 months look for a new league to be talked about…. Billionaires like sure things….

  4. mpg44 - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    If there is any length of a lockout , none of it will matter as that 3.3 billion in revenue will be gone anyway!!

    • stakex - Sep 14, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      Thats the funny part about this whole thing. If the NHL loses an entire (or even a half) of a season, they will lose far more money then will be saved even with the owners winning this fight. Or at least the money making teams will. So it just doesn’t make any sense.

      I could understand the owners willingness to lose a season during the last lockout. Everyone was losing money, and the situation could not continue…. but this time around there is serious money to be lost on both sides by losing the season. They need to get their heels out of the ****ing ground and make a deal already, because all they are fighting for is principle at this point. And you know what? No one give a crap who wins this fight.

  5. chiadam - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Oh f**k.

  6. spiciercheez - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Maybe the players and owners should just start conspiring and betting on this stuff to make up for the gap in revenue percentages?

  7. jimw81 - Sep 14, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    is there any odds for bettman returning as commissioner of nhl after the lockout?

  8. ricepilof - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    what are the odds of the AHL having bigger attendance numbers? I’d take that bet.

    • windmiller4 - Sep 15, 2012 at 12:23 AM

      A hockey game played by 10 year olds will have bigger attendance because theres no nhl games to watch. No games, no attendance

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