NHL Lockout: ESPN-KHL Deal Could Take Some Power from the Owners

October 2nd, 2012 by Dan Kelley Leave a reply »
The Kontinental Hockey League has released a statement on its official website reporting that the league has come to a deal with ESPN, America’s sports broadcasting giant, which will allow ESPN to air certain KHL games on its online ESPN3 channel.

ESPN was once the home of NHL hockey, but the relationship between the television network and North America’s biggest hockey league ended after the NHL lost the entire 2004-05 season to a work stoppage.

The league is currently belabored by a discouragingly similar lockout that has canceled all preseason games and seems poised to cut into chunks of the regular season.

The labor issues being discussed are vast, but many of them stem from the owners’ collective perspective that less money should come out of their own pockets to keep the players happy and the league’s struggling teams afloat. The NHLPA, having sacrificed 24% of their salaries in 2005 to reach an agreement after a year of being locked out, has no intention of reinforcing the notion that owners can simply lock the players out until their demands are met.

However, until this ESPN-KHL deal was reached, the pl ...

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