On Tuesday the NHL and its owners made an attempt to preserve the 82-game season and end the now 34-day lockout, however, things didn’t go the way that they had anticipated once they received their counter offer from the NHLPA.
The NHL Players Association in fact sent three counter offers to Commissioner Gary Bettman and the league on Thursday and none of them were even close to what the NHL was looking for. Bettman called Thursday meetings a “step backward” and said that the league’s proposal of a 50-50 split in terms of hockey related revenue was the “best that we could do”. Meanwhile NHLPA executive director Donal Fehr believes that the only intentions that the league had during Thursday’s meeting was to reject the player’s three counter offers.
Bettman said, “It’s clear we’re not speaking the same language. None of the three variations of player share that they gave us even began to approach 50-50, either at all or for some long period of time.”
So I guess hockey fans know what that means; the lockout will continue, there is no chance at a full season happening, and there is no telling when the lockout will end if it even does this season.
Fehr says that the first two proposals had the players receiving a fixed amount of revenue that would eventually reach an approximate 50-50 split over the duration of the deal as long as the league’s revenue would continue to grow. The third proposal was a 50-50 split as long as the NHL honored all current, existing contracts at full face value.
Unfortunately, there is no change and it doesn’t seem as if either side is going to back down anytime soon.