WHEREAS, the National Hockey League (NHL) became the first major sports league in North America to lose an entire season because of a labor dispute; and

WHEREAS, the NHL enjoys a monopoly in the United States and Canada of premier professional hockey; and

WHEREAS, no Stanley Cup champion will be crowned this year for the first time since 1919; and

WHEREAS, the demise of the season creates enormous uncertainties for the NHL, and leaves its fan base and its future very much in doubt; and

WHEREAS, certain cities have assisted in financing arenas used by NHL teams, on the expectation or with the express promise that teams will play there, generating taxes and revenues for the local economy; and

WHEREAS, the apparent unwillingness of the NHL and the National Hockey League Players’ Association to reach an agreement has left cities with an unfair burden caused by the refusal to play scheduled games, such as:

  • Buffalo losing almost 400 part-time jobs and 40 full-time jobs
  • St. Louis losing $4.8 million in state and local taxes
  • Philadelphia losing at least $5 million in local taxes alone; and

    WHEREAS, this dispute needs to be resolved soon so that cities will not suffer similar lost revenues next year as the result of an NHL season that is shortened, changed, played with replacement players, or not played at all; and

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors calls upon the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association to resolve their disputes now, in the public interest.

  • ©2005 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
    Tom Cochran, Executive Director
    1620 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
    Tel. 202.293.7330 ~ Fax 202.293.2352