President Barack Obama weighed in on the NHL lockout Wednesday on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, telling owners and the Players’ Association to get a deal done for fans.
During a question-and-answer segment, Obama was asked by a viewer, Mike from Los Angeles, “Can you pull some strings to end the NHL lockout?” After some applause from fans, Obama gave his answer.
“You know, I do have a comment on this,” Obama said. “Every time these things happen I just want to remind the owners and the players, you guys make money because you’ve got a whole bunch of fans out there who are working really hard, they buy tickets, they’re watching on TV.
“Y’all should be able to figure this out. Get this done. The fans deserve it.”
Obama commented on the NFL referees lockout shortly before a deal was worked out for regular officials to return. The NHL lockout has been going on since Sept. 15, and commissioner Gary Bettman’s deadline for getting a deal done in time for an 82-game regular season is Thursday.
Twenty-three of the 30 NHL teams are based in the United States.
Video of Obama on the NHL lockout here. Scroll to the 3:33 mark for that question: