I told you a while back that it would have to get really, really dark before there is an agreement. Not sure if we actually reached that point.
But last week it appeared that the sides were just going to stay miles apart—especially since the owners don’t want a victory, they want a 50-0 rout—and then it got darker when the Lockout Commissioner suggested they take a few weeks off from negotiating.
That did get a rise out of the players, who wondered how in holy hell it could possibly be a good idea to stop negotiating at this late date.
And, according to Larry Brooks yesterday, the union even discussed its options, including decertification.
They’re getting back together today, and here’s what I think will happen. They will go nowhere again, it will be gloom and doom … and soon there will be a breakthrough.
As we also said last week, noted by E.J. Hradek, the 1994-95 Bettman Lockout ended Jan. 11, the season began Jan. 20, and they played a 48-game season.
So I still think there will be a new CBA and a partial season.
My outcome prediction will be the usual: That everybody will say how lopsided the owners’ victory was, and by the end of the new agreement the owners’ will be crying poverty and about how much they need a new system that works for them.