With the dog days of summer officially here, we’ve been thinking about something cool.
Can you tell me the events that took place on September 16, 2004? I didn’t think so, unless of course you suffer from hyperthymesia. On that date, the National Hockey League (NHL) officially locked its doors to players… and fans. This was the first time a major professional sports league lost an entire season to a labor dispute. I guess you could say the sport was on ice, but really the sport’s appeal, which had about as many fans as soccer in North America, was melting away. The long-term outlook was bad. Meanwhile, the National Football League isn’t anticipating any major repercussions as a result of their current lockout. That’s pretty telling.