born and raised in New England, Adrienne naturally has a passion for sports. She has held positions with premier organizations such as the Boston Celtics, AEG, WFXT-FOX Television Stations, and AM 570 FOX Sports LA.
While attending college at Northeastern University in Boston, she wrote, directed, and hosted a show for the school’s athletic website, GoNU.TV. There she created the first ever series of weekly interviews with varsity athletes and coaches to be broadcasted on the web. Along with reporting for her school, she also interned for WFXT-Fox25 Boston, a local news station in a top 10 market. serving as a sports reporter. Adrienne covered games, practices and events for all professional sports teams including the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and New England Revolution.
By Adrienne Vairo
If the loss of partial season games is not bad enough, the cancellation of the Winter Classic has to be the icing on the cake for the hockey community. The league has already forfeited all games from October 11th through November 30th due to the lockout. And with the famous New Years day matchup officially off the record, it really has NHL fans worried.
The NHL and NHLPA have been in labor disputes since September 16th. Since then, the two sides have met a few times, but have yet to come up with an agreement. In the latest meeting, the league proposed an offer of a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue. However, the player’s union rejected their proposal, coming up with three counter offers of their own. All three of those proposals were denied by the league. According to the players, they are thinking long term as far as their contracts go, hence why they are putting up such a fight. If the sides do not resolve their issues soon, you can bet we will have a repeat of the ’04—’05 season-aka another completely nonexistent year in hockey.
Of course one of the main concerns with the lockout is the unhappy fan base. Hockey fans are still not over the lost season eight years ago. It’s unimaginable that fans could have two years of hockey taken away from them in one decade. But the side effects run deeper than just a frustrated audience. The players are not receiving a dime, and the league, arenas and cities are losing revenue from ticket sales, restaurants, bars, hotels, television advertisements, etc., during these missed regular season games. Not to mention the highly anticipated winter showcase is now cancelled.
The Winter Classic was set to take place at Michigan Stadium on New Years Day featuring the Detroit Red Wings vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs. It is estimated that the event would have brought in $30 million to Detroit alone, and $75 million to the entire southeast region of Michigan. If these numbers don’t light a fire under both sides, then I don’t know what else will. The economical effects will just continue to worsen, along with the fan’s patience.
The NHL and NHLPA are scheduled to resume bargaining talks in New York City on Tuesday. Let’s hope to see some progress.