Commissioner Gary Bettman Promises NHL Lockout

By Kaylyn Neely

According to the Globe and Mail, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman promised on Thursday, that if the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association fail to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement by September 15, the result will be another NHL lockout.

Bettman told reporters that:

I re-confirmed something that the union has been told multiple times over the last nine to 12 months.

Namely, that time is getting short and the owners are not prepared to operate under this collective bargaining agreement for another season, so we need to get to making a deal and doing it soon. And we believe there’s ample time for the parties to get together and make a deal and that’s what we’re going to be working towards.

The two parties have thirty-six days to reach an agreement.

The gap between the goals and wants of the NHL and the NHLPA are huge. The NHL is currently the only party to have issued a proposal, which has been called “laughable.”

Currently, all signs point to lockout. The NHL has cancelled overseas games and teams are no longer holding their September rookie tournaments.

Kevin McGran, a sports reporters for the Toronto Star reports that off the record, it is hard to find an agent or a league executive, who is optimistic the season will start on time.

NFL players recently agreed to a 48 percent revenue split and the NBA a 50-50 split before the start of their most recent seasons. NHL players currently take 57 percent of all revenue and it looks like the NHL is looking to follow the NFL and NBA examples.

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