The number of lockouts, once the third rail of collective bargaining, has doubled since 2010. But you need more than cash reserves to make this the new norm. For management to win a lockout they need to convince the public—and transform the culture—into thinking that lockouts (starving out your workers) is an acceptable practice. No NHL players are starving, of course, but this is about exploiting sports to enforce a new national labor paradigm.
Great read for anyone interested in the intersection of politics and sports, particularly how recent labor negotiations in the NFL, NHL, and NBA relate to the broader worker’s movement.