The NHL labor negotiations remain as stagnant as ever, and the potential for more cancelled games looms near. Helene Elliott of the ‘Los Angeles Times’ speaks with Bill about key issues in the dispute and potential effects on the season and the NHL fan base.
Before the Iron Curtain fell, hockey players from countries under Soviet leadership defected for the chance to play in the United States. Tal Pinchevsky’s ‘Breakaway: From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL’ tells these players’ stories and sacrifices. He talks with Bill about this period in hockey history.
Last year, the New York Rangers named Jake Gittler as their “Ultimate Fan” and awarded him free tickets for the 2012-13 season. But, will there be a season? Bill talks with Gittler, who offers his hopes for Rangers’ success if the NHL ends the player lockout.
NHL hockey players are packing their bags for Europe, while NFL officials are watching games from home. Bill Littlefield discusses the motives and intentions behind the NFL referee and NHL player lockouts and the goals of collective bargaining.
Whether it’s the NBA, the NFL or the NHL, there have been plenty of lockouts and lockout threats in the past year. Bill Littlefield speaks with Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal about how lockouts became so routine in pro sports.
The players want this, and the owners want that. So it goes. At this point, the NHL season isn’t a sure thing. In a sports landscape where the league needs all the fans it can get, Bill Littlefield explains why the NHL can’t afford the stay off the ice.
The NHL and its players are heading back to the negotiating table for a new collective bargaining agreement. Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News talks to Bill Littlefield about the main issues in the negotiations.
Who’s going to win Euro 2012? Should the NFL have a franchise in London? Where in the world is the Los Angeles Kings’ championship puck? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce has the answers to those questions and more.
Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce offers his unique take on the week’s news in sports, including the Stanley Cup’s new home in L.A., Matt Cain’s perfect game in San Francisco, and Floyd Mayweather’s confinement complaints.
The Los Angeles Kings are just one game away from bringing the Stanley Cup home. Reporter Susan Valot spent the last couple of games hanging out with excited Kings fans in LA, and she has our story.