NHL Lockout: What Both Sides Need to Do in New Negotiations to Save Season

November 6th, 2012 by James Maahs Leave a reply »
The NHL and NHLPA are meeting on Tuesday at a secret location in New York to further discuss a new CBA agreement.

These negotiations come after the NHL cancelled the Winter Classic last week, shrinking optimism for the season. But not all is bad at the moment for the NHL.

If both sides can sit down and have serious negotiations about real issues then there is a good chance that a season will be played.

The NHL needs to approach the players with some different ideas because obviously the old ones lead to lockouts. They need to understand that the players are willing to fight for their rights to play in the NHL, and that they will not just take an unfair proposal.

The latest offered from the NHL was a 50/50 revenue sharing agreement that failed to honor current contracts. The players took note and rejected the offer on the grounds that it still wasn't fair enough.

The NHL also has to understand that a 50/50 revenue sharing CBA is still a seven percent decrease in pay for the players. This when, for the most part, the NHL is showing record profits and high attendance to each game.

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