Associated Press, via Washington Post:
Hockey is back, and it took nearly four months and one long night to get the game back on the ice.
With the season on the line, the NHL and the players’ association agreed on a tentative pact to end a 113-day lockout and save what was left of a fractured schedule.
On one hand, I’m really happy to see hockey coming back on TV, especially with the football season about to end. Basketball bores me. On the other hand, I think the labor dispute has been enormously disrespectful to the NHL audience, and without us, there is no professional hockey.
So what’s a hockey fan to do? Watching the games rewards the industry for its shitty behavior, not watching it means I’ll actually have to do something productive with my time. Neither option seems very appealing.