Collective Bargaining Agreement Expires, NHL Lockout Officially Begins
The September 15 deadline for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players Association passed without an agreement being reached.
As a result, training camps will not open until agreement on a new CBA is reached.
Executives from the NHL and NHLPA last met Wednesday, when proposals for a new CBA were exchanged. An agreement was not reached and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday no formal negotiating sessions are scheduled.
“We spoke [Saturday] and determined that there was no point in convening a formal bargaining session in light of the fact that neither side is in a position to move off of its last proposal,” Daly said. “I’m sure we will keep in touch in the coming days and schedule meetings to the extent they might be useful or appropriate. We are sorry for where we are. Not what we hoped or expected.”
The economic issues of the deal particularly how to split hockey-related revenue seems to be the major sticking point. This is the second work stoppage in eight years and third lockout under commissioner Gary Bettman’s tenure. Training camps were set to begin September 21, and though it hasn’t occurred just yet, cancellations should be announced very soon. The preseason was due to begin September 23, so teams will also begin to to call off those games as well. The regular season isn’t set to kick off until October 11, but with the owners and NHLPA in a stalemate and neither side budging, the chances of beginning on time are remote.
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