Social media playing a role in CBA negotiations

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Social media playing a role in CBA negotiations

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, players essentially gave into owners' demands after a lengthy battle to get the sport going again. As the next round of negotiations continue, players demand more of a give-and-take process and aren't afraid to speak up about it.

This time around, a huge tool will play a big part in the negotiations that didn't exist back in 2004: Twitter.

Twitter's been used as a form of protest since its creation back in 2006. In fact, many Olympians even took to Twitter to boycott social media restrictions before the start of the London Games. It's something the website's been used for in the past and will continue to be used for throughout its existence.

Obviously a quick online post is no guarantee for change, but it eliminates the whole "he said she said" nonsense and allows for a clearer path of communication in terms of what both the NHL and NHLPA are asking of one another.

In fact, a few players have already made a comment or two on the situation, and as the Sept. 15 deadline approaches, emotional tweets are guaranteed to continue popping up on your timeline.

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Henrik LundqvistThe @NHL says they wont play past Sept 15th under current deal. Apparently they dont like the deal they designed. CBA nhlpa2012
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Brandon PrustDisappointed the League is talking about a lockout before we even give our @NHLPA counterproposal. theplayers
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Paul BissonnetteOwners want 25 roll back on salaries but are handing out 100 million dollar deals like it's going out of style. Figure that one out. NHL
Jul 19 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply
Living in this "now" generation, we're used to getting information the second (if not before) it comes out. As CBA meetings have continued, we learned the owners' proposals the second they were leaked, when that information was meant to be kept quiet throughout the negotiating process. With those bulletpoints circulating through Twitter and the rest of the Internet, everyone from fans, to players or reporters were able to take that information and create ideas about what's to come for the NHL as we approach the start of the 2012-13 season.

Bettman doesnt feel revenue sharing is a key piece. Fehr very much does. Uh oh. Jesse Spector (@jessespector) August 9, 2012
The owners have made it clear that there won't be a season until a new agreement is reached. Hockey took a big hit in popularity when the 2004 season was lost, but now with social media, the hype can help be continued and emotions can raise as we see discussions on the matter circulating around us.

Morning Update: Bears beat 49ers; Blackhawks' offense struggles in loss to Jets

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Morning Update: Bears beat 49ers; Blackhawks' offense struggles in loss to Jets

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Winter meetings preview: Why teams will find trying to copy a ‘Cubs Way’ rebuild is easier said than done

White Sox revamp would mean fewer 'stopgaps' and 'half-measures'

Significance of Bears win over 49ers lies beyond records and score

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Bears' Matt Barkley 'showing the world' he can be a starting QB in the NFL

Lars Johansson excited for Blackhawks call-up

Bulls pass out Christmas gifts to Chicago youth on Sunday

Bulls pass out Christmas gifts to Chicago youth on Sunday

It was hard to tell who was more excited Sunday afternoon: the Bulls players or the 400 kids who stopped by the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry as the team passed out Christmas gifts for kids who reside in the Chicago family housing development.

Robin Lopez was carrying about Benny the Bull, much to the surprise and delight of many kids who were in attendance, while Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo took photos and passed out gifts to every child.

Rondo established roots in Chicago long before becoming a Bull, but has become entrenched in the months since signing with the franchise, being a part of the 17th annual holiday party.

“It’s definitely an honor. An honor to be a Bull,” Rondo said. “Since Day 1 when I got here I thought they were the best organization as far as giving back to the community, and it shows. They do it without hesitation.

“Very welcoming. The people have been great. The kids have been here since Day 1 supporting us as well. It’s very exciting.”

Bulls volunteers served lunch provided by Papa John’s, Coca-Cola and Edy’s Ice Cream, as the holiday party is one of the 30 events the Bulls are organizing as part of the team and NBA Cares’ “Season of Giving.”

“It’s no problem for any of us,” Lopez said. “Look at Raj, look at Jimmy, they’re having a blast out there. They’re having as good of a time as the kids out there.”

Being a California native, the newfound snowfall added to the atmosphere for Lopez.

“This really feels like Christmas,” Lopez said. “I can feel the spirit inside with the kids and the looks on their faces when they walk in and see the toys, they see Jimmy Butler and they’re so excited to be a part of it.”

Whether it was Barbie Dreamhouses, or Nerf basketball rims, the kids were ecstatic to see the Bulls and to pick out the toys being distributed by the Bulls’ stars.

“Very humbling. Over 400 kids. And every kid comes through all smiling and excited,” Rondo said. “Some of them don’t get toys all year and this time of year is about giving. I’m very humbled.”

Butler has been around Bulls Charities since being drafted in 2011, so although this is old hat, he hasn’t lost any of the spirit that comes with doing events like this year after year.

He posed with kids for photos and cracked jokes to the younger basketball fans.

“Feels good. I just like being here. It’s what this time of year is all about, seeing these kids smile,” Butler said. “I love kids, I love this city, I want everybody to be happy all the time. However I can make that happen, especially around Christmas and the holidays, I’ll do.”

Lopez is quiet to many who see him on the floor, but his eyes lit up around the kids and made Benny the Bull his personal prop by picking him up and carrying him through the museum.

“Every time I see it, it’s a wonderful feeling. To think I’m a small part of it, I can’t begin to describe it,” Lopez said. “Any opportunity I get to work with kids, that’s always easy yes in my book. I’m a big kid at heart. Any time I can go play, I’m in.

“It’s indescribable. I got so many great gifts as a kid, and blessed in so many ways. Just to be able to give back in any facet, that’s an easy yes.”

Sunday's event leads up to Monday's Chicago Bulls Charities Night at the United Center. The Bulls host the Portland Trailblazers at 7 p.m. on CSN.