Thursday, October 11, 2012

NHL, NHLPA Resume CBA Talks

Today, the NHL and the players association are set to resume talks on negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Fox Sports has more here.

While the two sides met twice yesterday, little to no progress was made in negotiations. One meeting yesterday was simply made to both sides could discuss what exactly they are going to be discussing. Also, if talks go well today, they could meet again tomorrow.

Ironically, today marks what should have been the opening day for the NHL. Instead, it marks just another day where both sides can't come to an agreement. The core issue, economics, has yet to see any progress made.

What was discussed in the second meeting yesterday was simple legal issues and medical issues that will be included in the CBA. The topic of revenue division has yet to be talked about between the two.

That topic will be the area that takes the longest to figure out for the new CBA. In the previous CBA, the NHL only got 43 percent of the total revenue while the NHLPA got 57 percent. The owners want more and the players are willing to give them more. However, according to the report, it seems as though the owners are being greedy and not willing to meet in the middle somewhere.

Already, the first two weeks, 81 games and seven for the Capitals, have been canceled. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if we see several more weeks of NHL action canceled due to this.

This is the third time under NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman that the NHL has been locked out. The last lockout eliminated the entire 2004-2005 season.

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Source: Fox Sports