NHL Lockout: Why This Cancellation Is Not the Last Set of Games to Be Scrapped

November 24th, 2012 by Dave Ungar Leave a reply »
In the latest sign that any hope for an NHL season of any length is quite fleeting, at best, on Friday the NHL canceled all games through December 14 and also canceled the All-Star game that was slated to take place in Columbus, Ohio on January 27, 2013 (ESPN).

Was this a surprise? Not really.

The NHLPA, to its credit, responded to the NHL's demands for a comprehensive proposal by delivering one on Wednesday (National Post). When the sports media and fans reviewed the proposal, there was a feeling of optimism that maybe, just maybe, this would be the sort of proposal that could bring about an end to the lockout.

For the first time in the process, the NHLPA was willing to agree to a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue, and it would be based on a percentage of that revenue rather than wrapped around a guaranteed dollar amount.

That had to be music to the owners' ears, as they had been trying to fashion the new CBA around some form of a percentage of hockey-related revenue since the lockout began 10 weeks ago.

So it was somewhat disappointing—albeit not that surprising—to hear Gary Bettman describe the two sides as s ...

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