The National Hockey League canceled its season today unable to reach a new collective bargaining agreement with locked out players becoming the first North American professional sports league to lose an entire schedule due to a labor dispute. Not the kind of achievement to be too proud of. A grim-faced league commissioner Gary Bettman began a news conference in New York by apologizing to fans than announcing the season had been canceled.
"When I stood before you last September I said, NHL teams will not play again until our economic problems have been solved," said Bettman. "As I stand before you today it is my sad duty to announce that because the solution has not yet been attained it is no longer practical to conduct even an abbreviated season. I have no choice but to announce the formal cancellation of play for 2004-2005."
It seems these guys waited a few months to negotiate, the players caved at the last moment, and they still canceled the season. What's up with the players' rep? It took you five months just to give in? Good luck getting the fans back.