Here's a news quote that I found very interesting...
SportScanInfo, a Florida research firm that tracks retails sales of sporting goods and team merchandise, says this past December (2004) - when Christmas usually helps spike the numbers - saw the NHL sell $6.9 million of licensed gear in the U.S. - down 85 per cent from December 2003.
I found it very interesting that in 1995, the season was started again January 11th, 1995.
During those negotiations, the league claimed that after that date (January 11th), it would be impossible for the league to start up and still arrange the necessary scheduling for the 26 teams at the time.
Well, here we are 10 years later with another lock-out. This time, we're past the drop-dead date.
If it was impossible to get things up and running after Jan 11th last time (1995), shouldn't the same hold true now, especially with players scattered all over the world and an additional 4 teams to worry about scheduling. I would guess at this point it would be a logistical nightmare to get the season going.
I always felt like there would be no NHL this year, but there was always that little hope, you know? Well, I guess now that little fanboy hope that I had left that there would be hockey this year has been completely crushed.
Goodbye 2004-2005 Wild, I hardly new ye.