19. NHL lockout puts Bruins season on ice
This was not the feel-good story of 2012, but it may be the never-ending story.
For the third time in 19 years, an NHL lockout has kept Bruins players and fans away from the hockey rink, and there are no signs of a deal on the horizon.
This work stoppage comes just two seasons after a Bruins Stanley Cup run that saw a revitalization of the sport in New England and unprecedented support from Boston’s rabid fan base.
While players have reportedly agreed to reduce their share of league revenue from 57 to 50 percent, owners are trying to strike a 10-year collective bargaining agreement that will help 13 of its 30 franchises get out of the red.
Each game lost costs Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and the team approximately $3 million in tickets and related spending, not to mention the economic damage done to the bars and restaurants that surround TD Garden.
The NHL and players' association didn't speak before the Christmas holiday, but will likely be back in touch with each other following the holiday for another attempt to reach a deal before the entire season is lost.
The NHL already has the dubious distinction of being the only major North American professional sports league to have scrapped an entire season — 2004-2005 — because of a work stoppage that nearly inflicted irreparable damage to the sport.
If the entire season is scrapped again, it may be harder than ever to convince fans to come back to support this dysfunctional league.