NHL Offers NHLPA 50/50 Split On Hockey Related Revenues
The NHL put a new Collective Bargaining Agreement offer on the bargaining table for the NHL Players Association on Tuesday morning, which includes a 50/50 split of hockey-related revenue across the board and contingent on an 82-game season beginning November 2.
“We hope we’ve given our best shot,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.
Bettman added that the offer calls for no salary rollback and the revised schedule, if implemented would see one week of training camp and every team playing an extra regular season game every five weeks.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said the offer which is at least six years in length is an “excellent start” and he would go over it with his membership in a 5pm Eastern conference call. “Our hope after we review this is that there will be a feeling on the players’ side that this will be a proposal from which we can negotiate and try and reach a conclusion,” Fehr said.
When asked if the new proposal was an improvement over previous offers tabled by the NHL, Fehr added: “In some respects I think it is in other respects I’m not sure. We have to look at it.”
Negotiations resumed Tuesday in Toronto in the NHL’s labour dispute with the NHL Players Association the first in five days following two days of meetings in New York last week. Key negotiators Bettman, Bill Daly and Donald and Steve Fehr were in attendance as both sides looked to start bridging the gap on core economic issues.
Both sides have communicated regularly since the lockout began on September 15, but with little to no progress so far as the meetings have focused on non-core economic discussions.
Neither side had formally tabled an offer since Sept. 12.
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