Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has voiced his opinion on the NHL lockout per CSNNE.com. Since Cuban went through the NBA lockout in 2011, and since he’s an expert on business stuff, we should probably listen to what he has to say about the NHL lockout.
Cuban basically said that right now, it’s up to the NHL to fix themselves.
“I think [the NHL owners are] smart. You got to fix the problem. I cringed like with what we did. But if you don’t fix the problems, they escalate, so they didn’t fix them the last time, and they should have. So you see where they are now.
“When you have all your southern franchises basically sucking wind, there’s a message there that you have to fix it. I mean, you have two different worlds; the north and the south. It’s kind of like the civil war right now going on, and it’s got to be fixed. So, yeah I’d cringe more as a hockey fan. I’d cringe more if they don’t fix it. Just like the last one, it’s only been like seven years right? But I even wrote a blog back then that they should have fixed it, and they didn’t.”
Cuban was also direct on how he thinks negotiations are going:
“They’re both cluster[expletives]. There’s no good way [to negotiate] because everybody thinks they have a solution in those scenarios and nobody wants to listen to the other guy’s solutions.”
If you missed it, Wednesday’s NHL and NHLPA talks went nowhere, yet again. Just as Jamal Meyers of the Chicago Blackhawks said, it’s extremely frustrating to know that the NHL’s close yet far away on an agreement. Thanks to the lockout, things such as Britney Spears buying the house of ex-NHL-er Russ Courtnall can pass as NHL-relevant content.