NHL Lockout: Fans Shouldn’t Be Optimistic for Shortened Season

November 22nd, 2012 by Timothy Rapp Leave a reply »
I'm sorry, NHL fans, but I think you had better become basketball or soccer fans this year. It's time to stop holding out hope that we might see an NHL season this year.

There was no new CBA before Thanksgiving, with the players accepting the owners' 50/50 split but the sticking point remaining the provision the players receive $393 million in guaranteed money over four years, above the owners' proposal of $211 million. 

That was enough to keep the two sides apart, as leadership echoed (via Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger):

"We're still far apart,” Bettman told reporters in New York, “but hopefully there is some momentum so we can bring this to a conclusion. There was some movement in our direction and it was appreciated."

Bettman said the NHL is losing $18-20 million per day. He estimated the players are losing between $8-10 million each day.

After presenting the owners with the players’ proposal, NHLPA executive director Don Fehr said: "We have moved far more than halfway. It’s about as good as we can do."

I'm sorry, but I put this one on the owners. They were the ones who wanted the ...

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