DEC. 26 HOME STRETCH COLUMN — PETE TEMPLE
I’m tired of people not getting along.
Or maybe it’s more accurate to say I’m tired of organizations not getting along.
Because each time organizations fail to get along, it seems to affect too many others, and not in a good way.
The most prominent example, of course, is the recent election campaign, in which the recurring battle cry from both sides was not “We have problems, let’s work together to fix them,” but rather, “It’s the other party’s fault, and everything they say and do is wrong.”
On a local level, you see it again in the ongoing dispute (as of Friday) between Dish Network and KCRG-TV.
As little as I miss KCRG, I might have to grudgingly admit that Dish might not be the “good guy” I thought it was.
A few months ago I wrote a column about the dispute between Dish and the Big Ten Network, and how BTN seems to get into one of these every few years. It’s turning out that Dish doesn’t seem to mind a good contract fight either.
There is yet another dispute that you may not be following; the lockout that is keeping the National Hockey League from playing its season.
For the HDHFM (Half-dozen Hockey Fans of Monticello), this is a frustrating development. We saw it coming as far back as the end of last season (or about the same time KCRG started touting last week’s snowstorm).
As of Friday, the NHL owners and players have stopped meeting. Scheduled games have been cancelled through Jan. 14.
The league has said it won’t run an NHL season of fewer than 48 games (a full season includes 82). That means the season would have to start about mid-January. To get teams together to practice enough to start a season, a deal will probably have to be struck in the first week of the new year.
I don’t have a bookie, but if I did, I’d wager the Christmas bounty that there won’t be an NHL season at all. This would be the second time in nine years that there would be no winner of sports’ greatest trophy, the Stanley Cup.
For a league that is hardly a blip in the national sports radar these days, and not even that in Iowa, this does not bode well.
Worse, the two sides, from what I’m reading, don’t seem to care.
All three of these dispute scenarios have one thing in common: Working together to find equitable solutions is secondary to creating the illusion of “winning.”
I believe a lot of us don’t care, and will soon forget, about who is winning these battles. But we sure as hell know who is losing.