Online bookmaker giving 1/2 odds NHL season will be canceled

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Despite the cautious optimism that’s ushered in this week’s CBA talks, online bookmaker Bovada/Bodog is giving bettors 1/2 odds the NHL will cancel the entire 2012-13 season due to the lockout.

If you think there will still be hockey this year, you can get 3/2 odds.

For what it’s worth, we think there will be hockey this year. The two sides are a lot closer now than they were at this point in 2004 before the season was canceled. Historically pro sports leagues have found a way to solve labor disputes without scuttling the entire schedule.

That said, given the NHL’s history, we wouldn’t bet the house on the season being saved.

The car, maybe.

(But not a nice car.)