The phrases "hockey-related revenue," "players' share" and "salary rollbacks" dominate the conversations as the NHL heads to a lockout at midnight on Saturday.
Most of the words and proposals exchanged by the NHL and the NHL Players' Association center around how to split the league's estimated $3.3 billion annual revenue between the owners and players. Beyond figuring out who gets their fair share of the revenue pie could be the real reason hockey is set for another work stoppage.
There are actually a few: the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islanders, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets and Florida Panthers.
"After (the) league was shut down in 2004, the fundamentals of several teams didn't change," said David Carter, executive director of the USC Sports Business Institute. "All through the bargaining process, the league didn't consider moving or shuttering these teams. Instead, after all these years the league is back in the same situation."
The answer, as far as NHL Commi...