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PLAYERS: Gary Bettman

When the NHL labor dispute began, everyone knew that the initial offer from the owners to the players would be insulting. In fact, many called the offer laughable. So after that, the league and its’ owners, as well as commissioner Gary Bettman, fully expected the NHLPA to make an equally insulting counter-offer back to the owners. They were wrong. TSN’s Aaron Ward tweeted that Bettman was much more pleased with the players’ offer than originally expected. “… Sense is the NHL believes today’s proposal from the NHLPA was better than what was expected … First impression of NHLPA proposal was that it was not a ‘counter attack’ in response to the League’s July 13th proposal … Second impression was that it possessed economic elements that were ‘interesting’ to the League …” Now I feel compelled to warn you that this was still just an initial offer. While it may have been much better than the owners expected, and also extremely more fair than what the owners offered to the players, it is not going to broker a new deal after just this offer. It is still a full on negotiation process, and while this makes the players look very good, it will not be accepted by the owners without them going through it with a fine toothed comb and making some alterations that will clearly benefit them. But this is a start. A good start. A much better start than when the owners submitted their first offer to the players. The players are willing to work with some sort of reformed salary cap. They know it is important. Nobody wants to see happen what takes place in Major League Baseball, where the rich get richer, and the rest of the league trades them all of their top players who they can no longer afford. It is not what any fan of the game wants. Well, not fans of those teams who are, should we say, less fortunate than others in financial terms. It does not benefit the game one iota. But the fact that the players are not asking owners to eliminate the salary cap entirely is a huge step in the right direction. While we still have no idea when we will see NHL hockey again, this is a positive sign that we hopefully will not lose another full season, like what happened in 2004-2005. Everyone needs to work desperately to avoid that, as many teams simply would not be able to survive. So while the players agree to smaller revenues for themselves and the owners work to come up with a salary cap number that works best for them, the important thing is that both sides are talking. The current collective bargaining agreement does not expire for another month. The 2012-2013 regular season is slated to begin on October 11. Negotiations have gone on for seven weeks now, and both sides seem to be sensing an urgency. Hopefully, it will be enough of an urgency to broker a new deal that everyone can accept within the next few weeks.  

Gary Bettman's Salary Has Doubled Since Last Lockout

Chris Botta of Sports Business Daily reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who informed the media last week that there will be a lockout on September 15 if there's no deal in place, made $8 million in salary in benefits last year.At more than $7.98 million, Bettman’s salary has more than doubled since the lockout that canceled the NHL’s 2004-05 season. In that year...

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Has Trouble With NHLPA And An Umbrella

A.B. Poor Gary. He has the entire NHLPA, sports media & hockey fans on his back. Everyone knows a lockout will kill the sport. But how is the commish supposed to negotiate a new CBA if he can’t even work an umbrella. Could be dark (and wet) days ahead… @llewellin

Deadline closer than deal in NHL labor talks

TORONTO (AP) The wide gap that existed in labor talks between the NHL and NHL Players' Association was hardly bridged on Wednesday, a day after the union presented its counterproposal and with the threat of a lockout now only a month away. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the two sides are "still apart, far apart," and "not on the same page," in making...

Bettman: 'Wide gap' remains in talks

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said a ''wide gap'' remains in labor talks between the league and the NHL Players' Association in issuing his first public comments on Wednesday, a day after the union presented its offer. While Bettman said he can understand the proposal the NHLPA made, he cautioned that the two sides see the world differently. He added that he...

Gap remains between NHL owners, NHLPA in CBA negotiations

 Twenty-four hours after receiving a CBA proposal from the NHLPA, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told that there is still a "wide gap" between the two parties in terms of the economic system.       "I think it's fair to say that we value the [Union's] proposal and what it means in terms of its economics differently than the Players' Association...

One Month ‘Til Armageddon

NHL Commish Gary Bettman said there is a gap (don’t Google this) between the League and the Player’s union, and with the Collective Bargaining  Agreement expiring on September 15th, it appears likely that the players do no begin hockey activities in time to start the season on, uh, time. Hopefully it is nothing worse than what the NFL went through or even the...

NHL labor talks to resume

NHL labor talks are set to resume with a wide gap remaining and time running out to avoid a potential lockout. NHL Players' Association executive director Don Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman are scheduled to be back at the negotiating table at the union's headquarters in Toronto on Wednesday. It will mark the first time in a week the respective leaders will meet face...

NHLPA set to make counteroffer

The NHL Players Association will present its vision for a new collective bargaining agreement to the NHL when labor talks resume Tuesday. Just don't call it a counterproposal. NHLPA executive director Don Fehr said on Monday the union's proposal will offer a ''different kind of an approach'' and an ''alternate view.'' The presentation will...

NHL Not Receptive of Players Proposal, There Remains 'Wide Gap' on New CBA Talks (Video)

The NHLPA's proposal to the owners on Tuesday seemed to spark some hope for a new deal to get done between the two sides in the near future. Scratch that. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman apparently wasn't all that impressed with the offer and claimed on Wednesday that there was still a "wide gap" between the two groups. While players like Milan Lucic stand united...

The Owners’ Representative

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet, If there is no NHL hockey in the winter of 2012 it will not be because the players have gone on strike. It will, once again, be because the owners have locked the players out. And here’s the other thing that kind of grates on my nerves. If there’s a lockout, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will once again be portrayed as a villain; like it is all...

Thursday Links – NHL = No Hockey League?

As most of you know the NHL Commissioner threw cold water on the NHLPA’s proposal and now NHL hockey fans have to worry if there is going to be a work stoppage that could cost us a good share of the NHL season. To quote Gary Bettman, "There's still a wide gap between us with not much time to go." A while back, my good buddy Redwing77 suggested that the NHL contract...

NHL negotiations hit critical fork in road

TORONTO (AP) -- The first truly tense moments of the NHL's collective bargaining negotiations have arrived. With NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players' Association head Donald Fehr not scheduled to sit across from one another until the middle of next week and the sides unable to even agree on the core issues that need to be addressed, a sense of uneasiness has suddenly...
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