Reporting Tim Kephart
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SUNRISE (CBSMiami) – The Florida Panthers are coming off one of the most successful seasons in franchise history, but it’s going to be awhile before any Panthers fans can see red on the ice at the BB&T Center.
The National Hockey League announced Thursday that all regular season games scheduled through October 24th have been cancelled. The cancellation of regular season games follows the cancellation of the entire preseason. A total of 82 regular season games were cancelled.
The cancellation comes as the NHL’s owners have locked out the players while both sides fight over a collective bargaining agreement. The owners want more cash from the players, while the players want a guarantee that the player salaries pool won’t drop below last year’s numbers.
The NHL has been ground zero for failed labor negotiations in recent years. The NHL has lost nearly 1,700 games to work stoppages since 1992. Due to the constant labor problems, the NHL has fallen far behind the NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball in popularity in the United States.
The Florida Panthers are giving season ticket holders a few options. They can earn credits or cash toward future purchases, as well as getting a refund if they wish. The team said refunds will be given only for games that are canceled and not rescheduled.