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For now, the sides are refusing to budge, and it's fans and local businesses that are caught in the middle.
The NHL Players' Association released this YouTube video Sunday after collective bargaining talks with the league fell through.
"We don't want a lockout," said James Reimer, goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs. "We want to play, we love to play, this isn't where we want to be, we'd much rather be on the ice, that's for sure."
And that's exactly what fans and local businesses want too. Legends Gift shop on Broadway gets a huge boost in customers every time the Preds play at Bridgestone Arena, right across the street.
"It's definitely more popping [in downtown Nashville]," said Kristi Evans, an employee at the souvenir store.
And it's not just Preds fans, Evans said every season tens of thousands of traveling fans follow their teams to Bridgestone, and spend their money on Broadway.
"We get a lot of Chicago people in," Evans said. "A ton of Chicago people."
The regular season is scheduled for 41 home games, the first of which is October 13th.
Bridgestone has a capacity seating of more than 17,000 and you don't have to do the math to see the impact canceled games could have.
"It would really affect our business because like I said, we get a lot of fans that come in," Evans said.
So what do the fans say?
"Let's get back on the ice," said David Green. "Go preds!"
Of course, Green says that's easier said than done.
"I can see it from both sides," Green said. "I can see it from the players wanting a bigger share but I also know that win or lose, the guy that owns the team has got to take the loss as well as the gain."
In the meantime people like Evans, who depend on those tourism dollars can only wait and hope
I asked Evans, “as of right now, there aren't going to be any games unless they can fix it so what would you like to see?"
"For them to fix it!," she said.
The NHL released this statement that reads: the league, the clubs and the players all have a stake in resolving our bargaining issues appropriately and getting the puck dropped as soon as possible.
A spokesperson for the Predators and Bridgestone Arena said they were unable to comment at this time.
Monday, September 17 2012, 03:36 PM CDT
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Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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