NHL Lockout: Is Donald Fehr Setting Things Up to Get Rid of the Salary Cap?

November 19th, 2012 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
The lockout has canceled the first two months of the season and it seems likely that the league will make an announcement to cancel some or all of the games in December quite soon.

Progress has obviously come slowly, and the negotiations have been halting.

It seems that the NHL has been making all the demands and the NHLPA has had to make all concessions.

For example, the NHLPA received 57 percent of hockey-related revenue (HRR) in the last collective bargaining agreement (source: SI.com).

That CBA ran out Sept. 15 and the NHL locked out its players at that point. Commissioner Gary Bettman asked players to take 43 percent of the gross at the start of negotiations before raising that amount to 47 percent and then to 50 percent (source: TSN.ca).

Executive director Donald Fehr and the NHLPA have acceded to those demands and have agreed to a 50 percent share of HRR at a certain point, but not immediately (source: Toronto Sun). The owners have asked that players accept a 50 percent share in Year 1 of the agreement.

Earlier this month, Steve Fehr of the NHLPA said he did not think the two sides were far apart and that the ...

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