NHL Lockout: CBA Negotiations Have Reached the Point of No Return

December 22nd, 2012 by donald wood Leave a reply »
From the very start of the negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players Association, it was very clear that both sides were prepared to extend the lockout as long as they’d need to get what they wanted.

With each side posturing for a long fight since Day 1, there was never any real chance for a resolution in this case.

The NHL has now cancelled games through January 14 (h/t Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com), and the league is dancing the fine line between starting a partial season or cancelling it all together.

Now that the NHLPA is dissolving the union in order to become a trade association (h/t Ira Podell of the Associated Press), the players will be able to file antitrust lawsuits against the NHL and turn this into a legal issue for the league.

The problem in this case is that this action is coming too late to save the season.

There are roughly three weeks before what many are calling a drop-dead date for a complete season cancellation (h/t Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports), and the chances of this case finding a resolution in the court system before that time is almost ...

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