After the latest round of comments from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr, a lockout seems all but inevitable. The expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement is less than 40 hours away and the sides are still far apart.
As this stalemate between the two sides continues, fans are caught in the crossfire. Capitals season ticket owners received a letter from owner Ted Leonsis on Thursday evening about how a lockout would impact them.
An excerpt of the letter follows:
Obviously we will not charge your account for any NHL game, preseason or regular season, that is not played. If an agreement is not reached by Sept. 15, we will suspend our monthly payment plan and your account will not be charged until further notice. In appreciation of your continued support and loyalty we would like to provide you with a 1% APR interest on the funds you have on account related to games that are not played. In the days ahead you will receive additional information that goes into greater detail regarding the interest and refund policy.
I want to assure you that the NHL’s priority is to reach an agreement with the players. We all want to talk about exciting games, upcoming opponents and great plays, not the nuances of labor negotiation. We get it – and I empathize with you.
This plan is similar to the one the Wizards, which are also owned by Leonsis’ Monumental Sports and Entertainment group, used to reimburse its season ticket holders during last year’s NBA lockout.