At issue is how to divide up more than $3 billion in revenue. The owners are seeking to reduce the percentage that goes to players, while the union wants a guarantee of at least the same cut of the revenue paid out last season.
The clock struck midnight, and the NHL turned into another sports league closed for business.
Let’s fast-forward from my mid-80s, NHL-crazed days at Binghamton: The NHL might be canceling its season for a second time in less than ten years. And hardly anyone cares.
The drop of the puck isn’t happening anytime soon. A lengthy NHL lockout appears to be on the horizon. The owners and NHLPA aren’t just far apart, now they’re firing shots at one another.
The dock workers at ports from Maine to Texas are in a contract dispute with shipping companies.
Eventually, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will want hockey players to return to the ice. Right now it seems like he wants another pound of flesh from them more than he wants labor peace.
In a moment where Boomer clearly did have have the audience in mind, he did his best to shoehorn in some hockey talk, as the threat of lockout looms.
“I think it is a big, big deal,” Simms told Boomer & Carton. “I think we underestimate how good the officials that cover the games in the NFL, how good they are.”
With time running out on NHL labor talks, commissioner Gary Bettman cautioned Thursday that the league is prepared to lock out its players if a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached by Sept. 15, when the current deal expires.
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A chronology of the work stoppages from each of the four major sports leagues
After two days of making some progress on salary cap issues, the two sides brought the revenue split back into the discussion and got stuck on both.
It seems an agreement that would end the NFL lockout is getting close. Lawyers for the NFL Players Association and the league are meeting at a Manhattan law firm to try to work out an agreement to end the four-month lockout.
People familiar with negotiations to end the NFL’s four-month-long lockout tell The Associated Press there are still issues that need to be resolved.
A rookie wage scale and free agency for veterans appear to be the biggest stumbling blocks to ending the NFL lockout.