NHL Lockout: Players Key Issue Remains Revenue-Sharing

September 29th, 2012 by Mark Brown Leave a reply »

We’re two weeks into the NHL lockout but the frustration level appears rising.

The first negotiation session in a fortnight was held this past Friday, but the core, substantive issue remains as distant as chasing a meteor in space. The fact the NHL gathered revenues of $3.2 billion last year and signed a $2 billion television deal with NBC would indicate the league is healthy and stable.

Not so, say players and if a quick observation around the Phoenix Coyotes remains any indication, the sides could use a few anger management sessions.

Several Coyotes took batting practice in Chase Field prior the Diamondbacks-Cubs game Saturday afternoon, and while hitting a baseball appears one way to exorcize demons currently surrounding negotiations, the players appear anxious to lay blame right at NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s doorstep.

“It’s Bettman, (deputy commission Bill) Daly and about five owners in their pocket which are the key to getting a deal done,” said Jason LaBarbera, the Coyotes player representative. “It’s kind of like an ‘old boys club,’ but I’m optimistic. ...

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