5 Reasons a 2012-13 NHL Lockout Would Be More Catastrophic Than 2004-05

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5 Reasons a 2012-13 NHL Lockout Would Be More Catastrophic Than 2004-05
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There is no way to hide it. It is an utter pain to be reading, interpreting and writing about NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s latest address regarding the specter of yet another lockout.

Based on what was reported on Thursday―namely that the NHL and NHLPA’s disagreements are plain as red lines and blue lines and that hockey cannot resume until there is a new agreement―there is simply no cause for complete assurance that the 2012-13 season will commence when it should.

Sigh.

Rather than dwell without details and rather than wonder aloud how this could possibly happen again, let us delve right into the five reasons why a work stoppage of any length in 2012-13 would batter the NHL worse than its 2004-05 predecessor.

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