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Is Mediation The Solution?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet, 

If both these sides are as committed to playing hockey as they'd like us to think, why isn't anyone talking about binding arbitration? Let's bring in a mediator, let him look at the two sides' best offers, and find a middle ground.

Basically, the two sides are fighting over seven percent of the revenues. We believe, as do most folks, that if the split was moved to 50-50 the owners would say, "Let's play," and they could work out the other elements (contract term, age of unrestricted free agency, etc.) over time.

So, next time one of these yahoos declares "we're doing everything in our power to get the game back on the ice," ask them why they haven't used mediation?

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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

why isn’t anyone talking about binding arbitration?

The answer to that remains that binding arbitration is a very good way to get a very fair deal between the two sides and that neither side is horribly interested in getting the most-fair deal as much as they’re interested in getting the more-fair deal for themselves.

Although, it might be a face-saving ploy for both sides if they can say that they didn’t get their way because of an arbitrator decision rather than they didn’t get their way because they were strong-armed into capitulation.

Still, as many have written, this battle is about winning, not about compromise.  Hopefully that will change soon.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/18/12 at 10:30 AM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

I’ve been wondering why they don’t try this, but then I remembered it’s because it makes too much sense…I feel like, with arbitration, this could be done in a week.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 09/18/12 at 11:18 AM ET

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