Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/18/05 at 08:54 AM ET
When the National Hockey League's last damaging lockout ended in January of 1995, hockey observers heaped praise on commissioner Gary Bettman and the club owners and trashed the players association for negotiating a bad deal. History has shown otherwise. Player salaries soared while the NHL's serious structural problems worsened. Today, after an even more bitter work stoppage that wiped out an entire season for the first time in sports history, Bettman has finally delivered the salary cap the owners always said they needed and for which they hired him in the first place. But whether they got everything they wanted from their hard-line approach remains to be seen, says Jeffrey Kessler, a prominent New York lawyer who is an expert in the world of sports salary caps, free agency and revenue sharing. "Obviously, it's a huge step backwards for the players," Kessler said in an interview from his Manhattan office. "There's no detail that's going to come out that's going to change that assessment. Whether it's a great deal for the owners, only time will tell. "If their revenue base has been so eroded that they simply end up with a much larger share of a much smaller pie, the owners may have lost as well."
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