NASHVILLE, Tenn.- There could be another lockout on the way for professional hockey. The current collective bargaining agreement expires Saturday at midnight.
For the Predators, this could mean missing out on their first preseason games. The first pre-season game is scheduled here on September 25, 2012. The last time this happened was in September 2004 and an entire season was lost. The players know hockey isn't gaining new fans when they're not playing.
"You know it is a business, but the fans they hurt the most because they're the ones who spend their money seeing us play. Not the owners, but we have to do what's best for our futures," said Predator Jonathon Blum.
The biggest issue right now is about how money is divided between players and owners. Right now the players get 57% and the owners 43% Reports say the owners want to turn the table and eventually drop the players share to 46 percent. The players don't like the proposal, and at least one fan has their backs.
"Money. Owners wanting more money. Isn't that pretty much what it is. That what it sounds like. I mean I think these guys would come out and do it anyway," said Candace Stevenson, a local fan.
Goalie Chris Mason said it was obvious at a players meeting in New York that the players are united. On Thursday, the owners voted unanimously to support a lockout. They've given the players until Saturday to accept their latest proposal or they're pulling it off the table.