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Breaking Down The NHL Proposal

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

A couple of things about the NHL proposal that come to mind at first blush:

• I don’t think there’s any way the players accept this proposal as it’s currently constituted. What it does, however, is provide at least a base from which to begin legitimate collective bargaining. There is a lot of work to do, chiefly finding a way to get the players’ share of revenues up higher in the early years of the deal. If the league’s revenues can allow for the players to receive the full value of their contracts with a 50/50 split in subsequent years, that works. But as it stands, the haircut for the players is just too drastic in the short term.

• I keep hearing about how the league has made all kinds of concessions. Nothing could be further from the truth. The players were getting 57 percent of revenues and would be getting only 50 under the terms of this deal. That’s nothing even close to a concession. It represents a concession off their initial offer, which was laughable, but not off the terms of the previous CBA, which should be the benchmark. The reality is, there is almost nothing in this proposal that doesn’t represent a takeaway from the players. 

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