Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 10/6/12
Neither side is willing to negotiate, and that is where the true issues lie. Disclaimer: While I believe that the NHLPA has negotiated in good faith and that the majority of the blame for the current situation lies with the owners, I believe both sides are to blame for the lockout. This post is not coming from a journalist, but from someone with an MBA who understands the business aspect that is the NHL. We’ve all heard the issues with these negotiations. First it was the insulting first offer by the owners. Then it was a flat-out rejection of the first NHLPA proposal. Then it was a flat-out rejection of the second NHL offer. After that, nothing. And therein lies the problem with these negotiations. It’s not that these sides are miles apart, it’s that neither wants to be the one that “cracks” first. The players cracked in 2004-2005, and the owners think they will again. The players know they cracked, so they hired Donald Fehr to make sure they don’t crack. It’s a never-ending cycle. Last
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