The National Hockey League locked out its players in a year-long battle between the union and the owners. There were monetary issues as well as non-monetary issues that affected the lockout. Refer to the article, "The Hockey Lockout of 2004-2005," as well as any other sources summarizing the rule changes that were intended to make the game faster and more exciting for the players and fans. Consider the business of hockey.
* What were the rule changes and the non-wage issues?
* Was the lockout ultimately good for the game?
* Was it good for the players?
* What about the owners?
* What has happened to the fans?
Labor relations (National Hockey league Lock Out)
There were some rule changes and non wage issues available in the Hockey lockout 2004-2005. The rules on salary arbitration were changed enabling the team to have an option of taking players to arbitration whereas only players had this option before (Zdrojeski 2010). Rules concerning free agencies were also liberalized whereby players became unrestricted free agents at 31 years of age. In addition, the drug testing policy which was not in existence before the 2005 agreement was made whereby minimum random tests were conducted annually with an aim of coming up with performance enhancing drugs. People who offended this test for the first time were suspended for 20 games while second offenders were suspended for 60 games while third time offenders were banned from the game for a life time. These procedures were termed as stiff penalties and NHL was highly criticized over that issue (Zdrojeski 2010).
The lockout of the year 2004-2005 ...
This solution addresses the rule changes and the non-wage issues in the Hockey Lockout of 2004-2005 and if it positively or negatively affected the game, players, owners and fans. All references used are included.