Not so long ago we had vast promises of owners finally unting to get a new collective bargaining agreement that would fix the sport's myriad problems, regain competitive balance, and reign in the heavy spenders. Games were lost in this effort. Am I talking about hockey? No, I am talking about baseball. Vast numbers of new stadiums were built based on these promises, funded by the fans and non-fans who live in these communities and who will be paying for them for decades and decades to come. And what did we get? The Yankees especially, but the Red Sox (lovable under dogs? with that payroll?) and a very few other teams bloating their payroll to levels approaching ten times the lowest spending teams, spending more out of control than ever. So does this impact the hockey situation at all and hinder the NHLPA? In my opinion, it does. We were sold a bill of goods in baseball built on lies and empty promises. Small wonder so many fans remember that example and find themselves solidly behind the owners, even in traditional union towns like Pittsburgh.