NHL Lockout 2012: Overseas Option for Players Gives Owners Less Leverage

September 22nd, 2012 by Rob Goldberg Leave a reply »
The NHL lockout has begun. Unfortunately, there seems to be no sign of it ending anytime soon.

Owners are attempting to get a larger percentage of profits from the players, but there have not been too many useful negotiations to this point.

In a message to the fans, the NHL released on its website:

While our last CBA negotiation resulted in a seismic change in the League's economic system, and produced corresponding on-ice benefits, our current negotiation is focused on a fairer and more sustainable division of revenues with the Players—as well as other necessary adjustments consistent with the objectives of the economic system we developed jointly with the NHL Players' Association seven years ago.

Basically, the players have been getting too much of the revenue compared to other leagues and the owners want that to be changed. Unfortunately, they do not have the leverage in this scenario.

Hockey players have a built-in advantage for when the league begins a lockout: They can play overseas.

When the NFL had a lockout before last season, there were no options for players looking to earn a paycheck. While there ar ...

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