NHL bungles big news

So there weren't any fireworks -- Scott Burnside says the NHL still could have handled this better. A lot better.

Updated: July 13, 2005, 9:26 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

That's it?

The NHL and its players spent 301 long, bloody, locked-out days hammering out a new collective bargaining agreement, driving the game to the brink of irrelevance in the process. Then they reach a tentative deal the day after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, one of the only dead days on the North American sporting schedule, a day in which they would be ensured of top billing in newspapers and sportscasts across America, and all the league can come up with is a 10-line ...

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