BREAKING: HBO To Air Alternative 24/7 Hockey Series In December

It looked like the NHL lockout would not only deprive hockey fans of their sport, but also of the best sports related reality series, HBO’s 24/7 – Road to the Winter Classic. But, Hockey Independent has learned that HBO has put together an alternative series of shows with the same 24/7 format. “24/7 Fehr –Bettman – Road to NHL Ruin” will air starting in December.

Hockey Independent was forwarded the script to the opening of the first episode. The series starts off in a hauntingly familiar way and stars Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr and is narrated by Liev Schreiber. Be advised, the script contains some strong language, just as all HBO reality specials do.

You can read the script below.

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FADE IN:

CUE BACKGROUND MUSIC

Surface of the Sun (Adagio in D Minor) by John Murphy, from the movie Sunshine.

19 – The Surface Of The Sun

LIEV SCHREIBER

It is a gradual process, taking hold not over weeks and months, but years, decades and entire lives. The CBA engraves its way onto the brain, Envelopes itself around the fans soul:   Insistent, excruciating, completely. Hockey has become that. The NHL and NHLPA have begun another arduous pursuit to destroy their sport.

DONALD FEHR

(Bellowing)

We are not a conservative group! We are a fucking lets giddy up and go type of union!

GARY BETTMAN

{Standing on a phone book}

Don’t say a word to anybody. Let’s go out and dictate to the players right away.

LIEV SCHREIBER

Their primary odyssey comes in many ridiculous parts; every one of them approached the same childish way.

DONALD FEHR

Play fucking hardball. Listen to me, support me, come back to the table fucking whining and dripping in sarcasm. Put your foot on the fucking fans neck.

LIEV SCHREIBER

Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr’s proximity means their paths infrequently cross, which calls to mind an axiom as old as business itself. The more you get to know your opponent, the less you negotiate.

DONALD FEHR

You better not fucking settle.

GARY BETTMAN

Don’t fucking do it!

LIEV SCHREIBER

They are two men whose very existence is defined by personality disorders:  A peculiar reality that began as a choice and became, irreversibly a compulsion.

Over the next few weeks, their confrontations around social media and through email will become ongoing stories under a distinctive microscope…

DONALD FEHR

Watch that fucking Bettman, man.

GARY BETTMAN

You fucking loser.

LIEV SCHREIBER

…culminating in a setting in hockey purgatory that will evoke their first encounters with sport.

In business, their spirits grow intimate with the pain of immaturity. Even as their will becomes ever more possessed with the ecstasy of victory. If you let it, that’s just the start of what greed can do to you.

This is 24/7 Fehr – Bettman – Road to NHL Ruin.

FADE OUT

 END

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About the Author: WB Philp is a published hockey writer who has a built in disdain for Barry Melrose. He covered the Detroit sports teams for many years until he came to his senses and moved to the Sunshine State. He is a true puckhead on a mission from God (Gordie Howe) to make hockey relevant in the south. He lives in Hockey Bay USA and covers the Lightning full time. Did I mention he hates Barry Melrose?

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