The fight between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association is either nearing the end or nearing a long break.
Gary Bettman has been threatening to cancel the season if an agreement is not reached soon. Based on his track record, there's no reason to believe this is an idle threat.
If the two sides don't reach an agreement and the season is canceled, there will be no talks for a long time. Not until it's time to prepare for the 2013-14 season.
A lost season would be disastrous for the NHL. It ranks fourth in major professional North American sports leagues, well behind the NFL, Major League Baseball and the NBA. It will fall even further behind those leagues and it might only be considered a niche sport if a second full season in eight years is lost.
Here are individuals and organizations that have the most to lose: