An interesting thing that I have noticed recently- in the past year or so, there have been four lockouts in major American sports. FOUR!
Hasn’t the average American sports fan endured enough already? Honestly, I’m getting pretty annoyed by all this “nothing going on in the sports world” nonsense. As I sportscaster, it makes my job a lot harder when there’s NO sports on.
Roger Goodell has had two in the span of less than a year! First, he locked out players where the situation almost cost the league regular season games and lots of revenue. Next, he locks out the officials and replaces them with scabs who, to their credit, tried their best given the constraints put on them. But seriously, Roger Goodell? When you came into the position of NFL commissioner, you said you would “protect the shield” and the integrity of the NFL. Combined with your fines, suspensions, and lockouts, it seems that you have not come close to reaching your goal.
Then there’s David Stern. Not to be outdone by Goodell, Stern locked out NBA players that came at a cost of 16 regular season games. With the shortened 66-game season, players were forced to play games with less rest. The NBA players suffered much more than the owners, lacking a full preseason to prepare.
Finally, there’s Cornell alum, Gary Bettman, commissioner of the NHL, who has lockout players TWICE since 1993. First for the 94-95 season, and more recently, the 04-05 season. The latter lockout kept players off the ice for the entire season. Based on Bettman’s track record, don’t expect to hear Doc Emrick doing play-by-play this season.
Surprisingly, the only commissioner to not get any criticism for labor unrest is Bud Selig. Despite the backfire he’s getting for his handling of drug testing and the new playoff format, no one can say he’s let labor issues get out of hand.
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