Reaction spans across other sports
|They Said It|
|Here are some of the reactions from
around the NHL and the sports world after Wednesday's cancellation of the 2004-05 NHL season:
"This isn't basketball, this isn't ACC football. They could
take probably 10 years off and pick up. This is a fragile
sport, we're trying to build it here. We need to get back out
"That's crazy, to cancel a whole season. It's a real shame
because nobody wins -- the owners, the players, the fans. It's a
lose-lose-lose situation and obviously, with our collective
bargaining agreement expiring July 1 for the NBA, we need to
work hard to make sure that doesn't happen to us.
"The pendulum has swung so far in the wrong direction that
average salary is now $1.8 million. When we played, we drove
Chevrolets, and now the players drive Mercedes and Porsches. ...
I don't know that the players of our game understand the
economics of our game, and I don't know that the union is
wanting them to either."
"From the minute it started, it was a 'no-win' deal. Owner or
player, you might think you are going to win, but you don't.
Losing the entire season is a big blow. ... The NHL is going to
have a tough time coming back."
"As one of the few Canadian nationals in stock car racing, it
probably affects me more than almost anyone else. There are
thousands of NHL fans in the United States, but I don't think
they really understand the impact of no professional hockey in
Canada. You tell an 8-year-old Canadian kid that there is
no Santa Claus, he'll live with that. No hockey? He won't stop
crying until it starts next winter."
"I feel real bad for fans, players and owners. It's a tough
situation. I just hope they are able to look back and say,
'Hey, we lost a whole season, but from this point on, we have a
system in place that will allow the players to feel good about
the money they are making.' It's going to allow the owners to
present a product that will be enjoyable and exciting for the
fans. I hope they don't look back and say it wasn't worth
blowing up the whole season about it because that would be a
"It's frustrating, but I'm glad we didn't take their offer just
to play hockey. I'm glad we stayed strong with our belief that
our proposal would work."
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