There are two sides to every story. The other side to the NHL lockout story is that the players are the only ones who have been creative about trying to negotiate. The owners haven’t at all and don’t seem to have any desire to do so. Their objective is to have labor boards declare an impasse so that they can impose their own CBA. It’s that simple. Some NHL franchises are going to fold because of this stupidity – it’s clear that franchise values are going to fall in any case. Ownership’s unwillingness to negotiate makes them deserve it.
It’s clear that the economic situation in the NHL is bad. It’s also clear that ownership is not interested in a good-faith attempt to work at a solution. You can’t deny it.
As for unions being terrorist organizations, you must be a Bushite-nutcase. Any thing or group that doesn’t conform to your narrow and misguided worldview is a “terrorist organization”? Thank you for doing your part in turning America into a fascist dictatorship.
I do miss hockey, as we all do, but I hold ownership responsible for the current state-of-affairs.
Because this is their lockout and they aren’t willing to do a damn thing about it. I guess that makes Gary Bettman and his NHL a “terrorist organization” by your definition.]]>
As much of a peice of crap southwest is – they make money. Now everyone is trying to copy them. BIG MISTAKE. Flying used to be glamorous. Not it is mundane. Jetblue does a good job flying with style (everyone gets a business class seat and DirecTV) but they fly out of weird airports like Long Beach. United had the idea – make First Class and Business on regional or national flights kick ass. Cookies, good scotch, TV etc… Make it fun and get me to spend $1000 on a ticket. Where they go wrong is when they try to charge $4,600 for an LAX to JFZ flight. That just screws the business traveler and that business traveler is their CORE customer.
Much like the NHLPA – the airlines need to feel the pain to learn their lesson. Even if USAir goes out of business – they will still get bought out for their best routes. Even if the NHLPA goes without accepting a cap – they will be forced to feel the pain of their union being broken. I think both systems need to feel the pain because neither are smart enough to understand the downside of their actions.
He is followed closely by Bruce Garrioch (Ottawa).
It is actually painful to read what these guys write.]]>