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Well yesterday sure was interesting. The NHL and NHLPA met at an undisclosed location at 3pm EST, and didn’t emerge until 10:15pm. For those keeping track that’s seven hours of negotiating in one day, which is about as much time spent as all other days combined. Fascinating. It’s amazing what pressure can do.
And make no mistake, there is now pressure on the NHL to get something done. The biggest mistake that Jeremy Jacobs and Gary Bettman made is that they treated this like the 2004-2005 lockout. There are many differences this year, but the biggest one is corporate pressure.
In 2004-2005, NBC did not have a stake in the NHL. The NHL did not have multiple large corporate sponsors that would have their bottom lines impacted if the NHL lost a season. This year, there’s the $200 million from NBC. There’s the hundreds of millions from Canadian TV, Molson, Gatorade, Bridgestone, etc. There are big time sponsors that are now pressuring the league to get something done.
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Gary Bettman says there's "still a lot of work to do."
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 8, 2012
The Board of Governors were sent a memo last nite from bettman saying if no traction today ,talks could breakdown. Obviously traction today.
— Doug Maclean (@DougMaclean) November 8, 2012
Told that league not sure if there...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
It is easy to identify the hawks around the owners' table. Some, like Boston's Jeremy Jacobs, makes all kinds if money yet simply smell more from a better Collective Bargaining Agreement. Others, like (insert name of Sunbelt team here) are losing so much dough, they not only require a better CBA, but they're saving money by not playing...
President Obama couldn't balance the disparity between both parties, still has a lot of people teed off, and the popular vote told us they really didn't like what he's been doing. Oh, wait. That's Gary Bettman.
The stock market reacted this morning to the wonderful election news by plummeting 300 points. Lets hope the NHL talks don't plummet into New York...
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A new collective bargaining agreement wasn't going to be reached on Thursday. And, after talks adjourned beyond the five-hour mark, commissioner Gary Bettman expressed just how much ground still needed to be covered.
There's good news, though -- plenty of it. In just two weeks, the NHL's offered to absorb all of the make...
Pete Peeters won the Vezina Trophy in 1983 and helped the Bruins win two playoff rounds.
Normally, the hockey coverage here at BST&N would be handled by some of our knowledgeable writers like Joe Gill and others. But thanks to the “leadership” of Gary Bettman, if we want to talk hockey this year we have to dig into the annals of history, so I’ll try and get us our Bruins...
Another day, another marathon bargaining meeting.
The owners and players met Thursday for approximately five hours. The meeting ended at approximately 6 p.m.
The two groups have agreed to meet again Friday.
Seven hours on talks on Tuesday. Six hours on Wednesday. Eighteen hours of discussions this week. More to come.
After today's session, Gary Bettman said that...
The best that can be said about the ongoing NHL labor negotiations is that they are still going, and will continue for at least a fourth straight day.
The league and the locked-out players' association got back together Thursday and accomplished enough over five-plus hours to make plans to meet again Friday.
''I am not going to discuss the negotiations or the substance...
NHL owners and players face lots of work to save the hockey season. Whether they are moving closer after a week of talking remains to be seen.
The league and the players' association met Friday for the fourth straight day and fifth time in seven days, trying to reach an agreement to end the lockout. A union spokesman said there will be multiple meetings during the day to discuss...
from the CP at CBC,
Thursday's talks were held at the offices of a midtown Manhattan law firm. So far, the sides have had little to say publicly about how the discussions have gone.
Sources told The Canadian Press that the Players' Association tabled an offer Wednesday night regarding revenue sharing and the league's "make whole" provision, which is...
from Damian Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
And as if a bell went off, the moment the calender switched over to November, the serious talks began.
Both sides have already achieved a twisted version of what they wanted, which should clear the way for a deal now. The NHL will, in some form or another, get their 50-50 split, and they'll be able to crow that they handled...
If you've never been to an NHL game, you're missing out on a good time.
It's fun. Hell, it's real fun.
Watching on TV is OK. The big games and the playoffs are always good, but something about being in an NHL rink on a Saturday night is electric.
And thanks to the boneheads that run the NHL, this is the second time in 5 years that the...
So if you can't find it in your heart to bring back the game for the sake of the millions worldwide who will throw money into your coffers, consider doing it for the real fans. The ones who remember that Tim Horton was more than a donut shop or the ones who actually saw Gordie Howe get a Godrie Howe hat trick.
These are the fans who have brought your game to the next generation...
(The Senators actual salary outlay vs the cap floor and ceiling)
Elliotte Friedman is joining Graeme on the podcast tonight, which is timely as it just so happens last week's 30 Thoughts touched on something I'd been meaning to write about:
"The commish has three groups of owners: the ones who want to play; the ones in the middle, including Tampa and Nashville...