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The word "lockout" is looming over another major pro sport, this time the National Hockey League. In question-and-answer form, this is a look at the issues and implications of a work stoppage in the NHL.
Q: Why is the NHL having labor issues?
A: At its core, this is a dispute over money.
The league's labor contract, agreed to seven years ago, expires at midnight EDT Saturday night. Having gained a salary cap in the current collective bargaining agreement, NHL owners want additional economic concessions from players. Players currently receive 57 percent of hockey-related revenue, and the owners want to bring that number down as far as perhaps 47 percent. The union offered a deal based on actual dollars, seeking a guarantee of the 1.8 billion players received last season.
Q: Why do owners need a better deal?
A: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says "in these economic times there is a need to retrench." He says the last deal the players got was fair. In fact, ...
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from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
Every single contract an NHL player signs has a stamp of Gary Bettman's signature along the bottom of it. Every contract that has come to life in the past seven years carries his legal mark of approval.
But over the seven-year life of Bettman's masterpiece, the CBA that expired at 11:59 p.m. Saturday night, all those contracts...
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman maintains the league will lock out players Sunday if a new labor deal isn't reached, and star player Sidney Crosby isn't optimistic the season will start on time.
With both sides far apart and little time before the current deal expires at midnight EDT Saturday, the league's board of governors met in New York on Thursday as a group of more...
This time next week I should be in Nashville at a Predators/Hurricanes pre-season game. Am I fan of either team? No. Do I care? No. I want hockey. We all want hockey. We've been waiting for June for the sport to come back, attending prospect camps and kids' games and crossing off every calendar day until September 15th, praying that the CBA get resolved...
A couple dozen hockey fans — holding picket signs and posters — protested the impending NHL lockout Saturday afternoon by picketing outside the league's offices in mid-town Manhattan. With the lockout looming at midnight and the labor dispute at a standstill, the angry fans sided with the players and held up signs criticizing the owners and commissioner Gary Bettman. One...
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that the owners have voted to approve a lockout Thursday if a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached before Saturday's midnight deadline, according to the Toronto Sun.
"We are not prepared to go forward without a collective bargaining agreement," said Bettman, according to the Toronto Sun.
Following a meeting between...
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons offers many lockout-related thoughts in his Sunday column, but his main thrust involves the fact that while both the NHL and NHLPA shoulder blame for the third lockout of a certain owners' commissioner's regime, the true Chairman of the Board has clearly mastered the villain's role:
Almost every time Gary Bettman opens his mouth...
NEW YORK (AP) -- With a lockout drawing ever closer, the NHL and the players' union are in touch with each other after a day of internal meetings.
But no new negotiating sessions are scheduled for Friday, one day before Commissioner Gary Bettman has said he will lock out the players. This would be the NHL's fourth work stoppage since 1992.
On Thursday night, NHL deputy commissioner...
With only hours until a threatened NHL lockout, the league and the players' union appear no closer to a deal.
For nearly a year, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has vowed to lock out players for the second time in eight years if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't reached by the time the current one expires at midnight EDT Saturday.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly...
NEW YORK (AP) -- With only hours until a threatened NHL lockout, the league and the players' union appear no closer to a deal.
For nearly a year, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has vowed to lock out players for the second time in eight years if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't reached by the time the current one expires at midnight EDT Saturday. NHL deputy commissioner...
First Gary Bettman (14 minutes) followed by Donald Fehr ( 7 minutes) below.
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The NHL locked out its players at midnight Saturday, becoming the third major sports league to impose a work stoppage in the last 18 months.
The action also marks the fourth shutdown for the NHL since 1992, including a year-long dispute that forced the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season when the league held out for a salary cap.
The deal which ended that dispute expired...
The word ''lockout'' is looming over another major pro sport, this time the National Hockey League. In question-and-answer form, this is a look at the issues and implications of a work stoppage in the NHL.
Q: WHY IS THIS THE NHL HAVING LABOR ISSUES?
A: At its core, this is a dispute over money.
The league's labor contract, agreed to seven years ago, expires...