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By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Unable to reach agreement on a new labor deal, the National Hockey League locked out its players at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

And while Philadelphia fans were gearing up for the Eagles home opener of the season, they still had strong feelings about the NHL lockout.

Like Mike from Cherry Hill, “It’s a shame that grown men can’t come to a resolution as far as millions and millions and millions of dollars. You’d think that both sides could find a common ground where they could continue the sport and keep playing.”

“Greed works both ways — I think it is kind of 50-50. I think the owners can certainly give in a little bit, I think the players can give in. But in the end, it’s the fans that end up suffering, because we’re the ones that are not going to be able to watch the sport,” adds Mike.

Another Fan Brendan isn’t hopeful that the players will take to the ice this season.

“Judging by the last time this happened, there are a lot of different sides that are represented – hockey being such an international game — there are so many interests that go into the players’ demands, that I think that they probably have a better chance of not playing this year.”

The action also marks the fourth shutdown for the NHL since 1992, including a year-long dispute that forced the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season when the league successfully held out for a salary cap.

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