The number of days in the lockout will soon start to pile up.
Training camps will fail to open on time and exhibition games will get cancelled. Soon after, the start of the regular season will be looming and then early-season games will be postponed.
Sports fans know all about labor difficulties. Hockey fans, in particular, know the pain of not being able to follow their favorite sport during a scheduled championship season.
Last year, the NFL locked its players out for four months in the offseason before a labor agreement was finally reached while the NBA didn't play until Christmas Day because of a work stoppage.
However, as painful as these work stoppages were, both came to an end. The NHL may be able to learn a few things on how to get back to the business of playing hockey by re-examining how the other sports finally came to an agreement.