What a week for ice hockey! Canada wins the World Cup, then the NHL lockout begins. And aren't the gloom merchants having a field day!
I'm not personally going to go into much depth on this - I couldn't care less about ice hockey really - except to track a few perspectives on events, mainly from a Canadian angle.
Midnight Wednesday night, and the National Hockey League commenced their lockout upon the expiration of the old Collective Bargaining Agreement. Can you believe that they have set up a special website devoted to "news" of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement? On the other side of the ledger is the players' union website. The NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow issued a press release on Wednesday night at the commencement of the lockout.
Rick Salutin of the Globe and Mail has done an op-ed reproduced on rabble.ca. The CBC has put together a good section on the CBA and also have gone into their archives to look at past pro sport labour disputes.
From an American perspective, there is a report (in audio) from NPR's All Things Considered on Friday. Nashville, Tennessee, is about as unlikely a home for an NHL franchise as I could possible imagine. An Associated Press report on Friday tells us that:
Nashville taxpayers could be facing a loss of a couple million dollars if the NHL lockout wipes out the 2004-05 season.
Joe Biddle of The Tennessean has more to say about the likely impact of the lockout in Nashville.
I'll admit that I haven't formed an opinion on this yet. Perhaps I'll just sit on the outside and see how things develop.