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Obama’s lockout message: “Do right by your fans”

Dec 13, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

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President Barack Obama urged the NHL and NHLPA to “figure it out” when Jay Leno asked about the lockout in late October, yet he was prompted to address the issue once again as 2012 winds down.

Obama gave a more extended take on the impasse during an interview with Minneapolis’ WCCO-TV on Thursday (via CBC).

“My message to owners and to players is, ‘You guys make a lot of money and you make a lot of money on the backs of fans, so do right by your fans. You can figure out how to spread out a bunch of revenue that you’re bringing in, but do right by the people who support you,”‘ Obama said. “And I shouldn’t have to be involved in a dispute between really wealthy players and even wealthier owners. They should be able to settle this themselves. And remember who it is that’s putting all that money in their pockets.”

Again, this is (at least) the second time Obama has discussed the work stoppage.

Hopefully the two sides will patch things up so his name will only come up if Washington Capitals fans need to heckle Tim Thomas again.

In case you’re bored, here’s that clip from his appearance on The Tonight Show in October:

  1. id4joey - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Mr. President, with all due respect, and thank you for thinking about us, I believe you and Mr. Boehner have an issue that you both need to resolve. When was the last time you met with him?

    • stakex - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      Today actually….

      • rhyanbass - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        apply water to burn

    • woodstakes - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:05 AM

      You act like he’s spending his days and night up wondering how to fix the NHL lockout! He was asked a question by a Minneapolis TV station and he made a statement. Wow! Yup he should of just said “No, comment!” I guess, instead he took 15 seconds and said something. Yup the fiscal cliff talks are doomed now that he wasted 15 seconds of his life on making that statement I guess! LoL Joey come on man!

      • id4joey - Dec 14, 2012 at 7:08 AM

        Chill woodstakes, it was a joke. Like I don’t know the Pres is taking care of business.

      • millertime30 - Dec 14, 2012 at 7:59 AM

        you constantly spew garbage on here.. how is somebody supposed to know which times you are joking and which times you actually stand behind said garbage.

      • id4joey - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:58 AM

        millertime30, garbage? What garbage? However, I understand your point. It’s impossible to read someone’s state of mind when reading text unless said text is annotated with emoticons. But, here’s a hint, when sarcasm is abound, then one can be sure that I’m not being serious. Would you believe me if I said I personally know Sid and his agent Pat Brisson? Bet you wouldn’t which is why I won’t say if I do or not. Yes, I do infer certain things and its up to the reader to decide. I have met and gotten to know many many MLB and hockey hall of fame players. I’ve met Brian Hayward at an airport and struck up a conversation with him. It doesn’t mean I know him. I’ve also run into Brian Mulroney, Marcel Aubut, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Michael Bergeron, Michel Petit, Phil Esposito, John Vanbiesbrouck, Glen Sharpley, Mario Lemieux, Pierre Bouchard, and many others. Here’s the thing about me, when I meet these people I’m not awe struck and always try to have a conversation with them if they have time. And I use that time to ask pertinent questions to educate myself.

    • mgp1219 - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      joey, which one of your “sources” told you to post that brilliant comment? get your head out of your ass and walk away quietly, you childish douchebag.

      • valoisvipers - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:48 AM

        Who pissed in your cornflakes today?

      • id4joey - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:13 AM

        The same one that told you to post yours a$$ hole. LOL!

      • id4joey - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        valoisvipers, don’t worry about mpg1219. Not once has he posted anything remotely significant. People piss on him rather than his cornflakes.

      • id4joey - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        valoisvipers and blomfeld, send me an email to I’ll find a secure way we can confirm our identities without the losers trying to get on my bandwagon. We can have our own exclusive NHL talk, select who can join. LOL!

      • blomfeld - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM

        MGP1219 and Mcneels only yesterday at lunch together …

  2. sharpie147 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    4 years later….finally something I agree with the Pres on!

  3. mmcneels81 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    When it comes to sports, the President knows his sh*t. Now let’s see if we can’t avoid that cliff, yes?

    • florida727 - Dec 17, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      Reminds me of the “Bo Knows” commercials, especially the one where the comment is a question, “Bo Knows Hockey?”, and Gretzky appears on camera and just says, “no”. Same here. Worry about balancing the budget Barry, and quit driving the debt to a level that’ll never get paid off. Funny… he talks about rich players and richer owners not being able to figure out how to divide the money they make. Like he knows what earnings and spending equate to.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    I’ve got my money on nobody who’s involved in the lockout listens or cares.

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Thanks for your money.

      When the President–any President of the United States–talks, it is news and publicity. They’d be stupid to not pay attention to him calling them out.

  5. dinklespiel - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Mien Gott in Himmel,
    Der pres vants dem jungen men zu play mitt dem sticks of vood dis yar!

  6. bruinpred - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    He also said he wants ticket prices in the lower bowl to be doubled and free beer and hot dogs to be provided in the upper bowl!!

  7. mountainmantride - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    And this is news? The NHLPA and owners know full well they fleece the fans and then arm wrestle each other about who gets more of the fans money. At this point in the lockout, the fans have only themselves to blame for willingly wanting to pay these morons money. MY money stays in MY pocket. I’m done with this idiotic group of overpaid clowns aka entertainers.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:02 AM

      Yeah dude your so done with the NHL. You’ll be back the moment the lockout is resolved and games are being played. If you truly were done, you wouldn’t have even bothered coming to this website. Unless you accidentally clicked on it when you were on PFT. Of course which begs the question why you clicked on this link after?

      • mountainmantride - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM


  8. orangeandblack67 - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Nice Deutch dinkle.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:08 AM

      “sticks of vood”

      learned me a dutch phrase i can wrap my head around

  9. arbruins - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Regardless of what Obama wants, the NHL season will resume after the new year. The players have already been notified to return.

  10. hockeyfan28 - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Don’t agree with the prez on much but he’s got this right this lockout is turning the NHL into the Ralph Nader of organized sports.

  11. dmfc1112 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    There he goes again demonizing rich people. How many people are out of work (non-hockey players) because these rich guys shut their business down?? Hate them all you want but rich people are the job creaters.

    As for the fans, nobody FORCES us to pay to watch hockey. We choose to give them the money they are fighting over now.

    • kicksave1980 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:24 PM


    • sunderlanding - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      Rich people are the job creators? Do you really believe that? So my hunger isn’t what makes bread worth money, and thereby the production of bread a job? I’m pretty sure you’ve got your logic a little backwards.

      • dmfc1112 - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:43 AM

        so who signs the check given to the person with the JOB? you, the hungry man, or the person who owns the bread making factory??

      • millertime30 - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:02 AM

        money always comes from consumers.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:10 AM

        it’s ok millertime. just realize dmfc clearly has a tenuous grasp on macroeconomics as a whole

  12. joeyashwi - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Yes, the Chinese appreciate the rich guy job creation very much.

  13. badintent - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    I’m not THAT bored, I’ll pass on watch him.Paint drying is more fun

  14. northstars17 - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    first time I agree with Obama.

  15. arbruins - Dec 14, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    Let me know when you start your bread business!

  16. jaredphi - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    As usual, the President is right on the money. I agree with him 100%.

    And to those commenting on the fiscal cliff, as long as the teabag folks are willing to let us raise taxes back to Clintonian levels on the top 2% of earners (a group I – and all of the rest of you – will never be a part of…unless you invent the next hot tech item, inherit wealth you did nothing to earn, win the lottery or back-stab, brown-nose, cheat or steal your way up economic ladder – all highly unlikely possibilities), we’ll have a deal in place before 2013.

    It’s time for the rich to pay their fair share…especially considering they share a good part of the blame for the recession we all went through the last several years.

    • valoisvipers - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.

    • chc4 - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      “Rich” people currently pay 90% of all federal income tax. 47% of americans pay $0 in federal tax. So what exactly is “fair share” to someone like you? 100%? Nonsense.

      Obama is completely clowning you. Even if his plan to tax the rich goes thru exactly as drawn up it will raise $4 billion per year. The deficit is about $1.2 trillion per year. So what’s the plan for the other $1.196 trillion?

      • dadawg77 - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        You are incorrect. You would be closer to the truth if you said 46% households (not people, different metric and much more parsing needed) pay $0 in “federal income taxes” not “federal taxes”, which include FICA and Medicare taxes. If included all federal taxes that 46 is now 18% as 28% pay federal payroll taxes and don’t earn enough for income tax payments. Oh that 18%, well 10% of that are elderly retirees and the other 8% don’t work and maybe free loaders. Percent of income paid for total (All Federal and State taxes) amount taxes based on income, ranges from 17.4 for those who make under 20K to 29% who those who make over 450K. Which to me, makes the over all picture maybe fair or close to slanted towards those who have the most resources.

      • chc4 - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        My original point was that anyone who thinks his current tax plan which essentially only includes $4B in additional revenue from the rich will have ZERO impact on our fiscal mess. His spending cuts are a sham… they don’t exist. They are based on funny math. So when someone claims Obama wants to make things right they are getting clowned. He just wants to promote more gov’t dependency but has no way to pay for it. If he really wanted to fix our mess he would really tackle entitlements which he won’t do.

  17. antkowiak666 - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    NOONE cares about the fans.they only care about OUR money.

  18. irishdodger - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:18 AM


    Sorry, you can’t cherry pick the part of the “Clinton era” tax cuts & expect that to fix this dumpster fire of an economy. The Clinton era tax cuts raised taxes on everyone which is basically what will happen if no deal is met & the Bush tax cuts expire. In addition, Clinton ended “welfare as we know it”…u know damn well that ain’t going to happen. Yet that played an important role in Clinton’s success whether he initially wanted to do it or not. Clinton compromised & is remembered as fiscally responsible, Obama will demonize in an effort to punish the successful even if it means no deal. If both sides would truly give a little to get a little, they could do us all some good. I’m no math expert, but I’m sure that he could tax the top 2% at 100% and that wouldn’t put a dent in the problem. QUIT SPENDING!

  19. rhyanbass - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Tim Thomas will attend the next meeting to cause delays

  20. bostonboy82 - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Amen OBAMA!

    • blomfeld - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      “Amen Obama” Indeed !

      Considering the fact that Obama’s 2008 Presidential victory was the equivalent of being promoted to captain of RMS Titanic “after” hitting the iceberg and that we’re where we are today still “above” water, I’d say it’s not such a bad idea to listen to the man. Remembering “who it is that’s putting all that money in their pockets” is exactly what these guys should be doing !

      OBAMA ROCKS !!!

  21. orangeandblack67 - Dec 14, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    I thought this was Pro Hockey Talk, not a political forum???

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:10 AM

      Next time you see that the very first word in a headline is a politician’s name be sure to move on to the next posting. Hope that helps.

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