COMMENTARY | Everyone is aware that the Mayan calendar lists it’s last full day as December 20, 2012 and with that the end of the world is believed to be at hand tomorrow. Apparently the Mayans may have actually been forecasting the end of the National Hockey League’s 2012-13 season, rather than Earth’s demise.
Who knew that they were hockey fans?
Bettman’s ancient thoughts
Every so often Commissioner Gary Bettman, or his office, has announced the cancellation of various parts of what should have been the 2012-13 NHL regular season schedule.
The preseason fell first. Then, there was the start of the regular season, a variety of scheduled games during each month and the Winter Classic. Today, we learned that all scheduled games through January 14, 2013 have been officially deleted from our digital pages.
With slightly over one-half of the regular season now gone, what hope is there that a new collective bargaining agreement can be reached to “save” some fragments of this hockey year?
When the world really ends
The NHL played a truncated season in 1994-95, due to a previous lockout. That labor strife created the need for a 48-game season to be played. It began on January 20, 1995.
If a settlement can be reached, seven to 10 days for a mini-training camp would be needed before the season could realistically begin. This means that January 14 could also be a predetermined date on the NHL’s calendar in which a new CBA must be in place in order for the 2012-13 season to be played.
The last full day of the Mayan calendar has coincided with the latest regular season schedule cancellation announcement. So, it’s possible that humanity has been given a temporary reprieve by hockey’s top god.
Apparently powerful forces in New York believe that the world, or their world, will exist until at least the middle of next month. After that, who knows if NHL hockey will ever be seen again.
Sean O’Brien is based in the Philadelphia region. He was a print sports writer for five years. You can follow him on Twitter @SeanyOB and also read his daily Sports Blog: Insight.
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