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Empty Ice, Empty Cup, Empty Season, Empty Hearts

You may have been able to glean from my previous postings that I enjoy sports, so it saddens me greatly that the NHL season appears to be a total loss after Wednesday’s "official" cancellation. For the first time in 86 years there will be no names engraved on Lord Stanley’s cup, the most impressive looking trophy in sports next to the America's Cup (click on "Pictures" and then "The Cup").

Hockey clearly occupies the number four spot out of the big four professional sports in America, which means that the woes of a cancelled season will be even more difficult for the league to overcome. I suppose the good news is that if the players and league can get it together, they may be able to steal some fans from baseball who are disgruntled with the steroid scandal in that sport.

On another sporting note, following up on a piece that I wrote a few weeks ago, regarding the relationship between professional sports and the alcohol industry, the NBA has announced new guidelines regarding beer sales at games. The league cites the measure as an attempt to prevent incidents of fan/player violence like the one that occurred during a Pistons-Pacers game last year. The guidelines are designed to work together with Fan Guidelines which will be posted at each arena in the league.

The policy appears to be intended to protect the league, teams, arenas, and players from litigation that might result from inappropriate player-fan interaction and is also a likely response to the outcome of the Aramark decision.

In light of all this, thank goodness for college basketball. Oops, I forgot, the hometown Iowa Hawkeyes are embroiled in a mess of their own.

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