President Barack Obama Tells NHL, NHLPA to Solve Lockout

In an interview with Frank Vascellaro of WCCO-TV in Minnesota, President Barack Obama gave his insight on the NHL Lockout and whether he would intervene to help strike a deal.

Frank: Minnesota’s known as the state of hockey, and we’re under the NHL lockout right now. Would you be willing to intervene in that lockout?

President Obama: You know, look. I’ve got to say, because we’ve had an NBA lockout, we’ve had an NFL lockout during the course of my presidency, the president of the United States shouldn’t have to get involved in a sports lockout. My message to owners and to players is, you guys make a lot of money and you make a lot of money on the backs of fans, so do right by your fans. You can figure out how to spread out a bunch of revenue that you’re bringing in, but do right by the people who support you. And I shouldn’t have to be involved in a dispute between really wealthy players and even wealthier owners. They should be able to settle this themselves. And remember who it is that’s putting all that money in their pockets.

If you recall, Obama was guest on the Jay Leno show back on October 24 and answered a similar question on the same topic.

… Whether you like our President or not, his message is clear and correct about the fans being the ones putting money in their pockets. He shouldn't have to intervene: just get a damn deal done already.

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