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from Emily Kaplan of ESN,

ESPN: The mantra from Gary Bettman has been that the league is not looking for a fight. Are the players looking for a fight?

Donald Fehr: No. Of course the players are not looking for a fight. The players' view is what it always has been. And what I expressed in the last go-around ad nauseam, is that from the players' standpoint a work stoppage is the last resort you come to. You only do it when that's a better option than the agreements that are on the table. That hasn't been the management practice in a number of sports in the last 35 or 40 years. But hopefully this time will be different. We'll see.

ESPN: Escrow is one of the big issues. Bill Daly has mentioned before that there could be some adjustment to the cap that could be done to ease escrow for the players. Is that something the PA is looking at?

Fehr: Obviously escrow is a real problem. We believe that what the teams offer players is a closer measure of their worth. And what the teams offer players [is] less escrow. And that ought to be accounted for. There are obviously a number of things you can do to address it, and I'm sure we'll be talking about it.

ESPN: When we talk to players about the most important issues to them in the next CBA, we usually hear two answers: escrow and the Olympics. Are you confident that an Olympic solution can be achieved in the next CBA?


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d ca's avatar

I get players are making $$$$, but when the press buys into the argument that management is not looking to fight any labor gains—-there is a problem with the journalist.

Plus where’s the questions about what the fans got out of the last 2 lockouts? Did ticket prices go down as Gary Buttman promised? Nope. They increased 39% in the 8 years immediately following the lockout—far outpacing any inflation. For those too young go here. (At least one sentence where you) Talk to the NHLPA rep on what the players are doing for the buyers of the product.

Management is not looking for a fight (this time)—well they got owner-friendly CBA’s including: 50/50 share of revenue (up from 43% before the last lockout), a salary cap, escrow, no Olympic participation (thereby shutting down the league for 2 weeks), a 100% (not shared) revenue source in the form of the expansion fee, maximum length contracts of 8 years, and now gambling proceeds. oh and don’t even get me started on tax payer funded arenas.

What did the players (workers) get? Safety rules in regards to concussions (which was really the owners reactions to litigation), more jobs (but mainly because expansion fees are 100% $ the owners), and better exposure/marketing (couldn’t get any worse than the Outdoor Life Network).

So the only real thing left for the owners to go after is the signing bonus money of contracts or NMC/NTC’s (which some GM’s hand out like candy) or contract lengths—and I doubt the owners want a lockout for those issues.

There’s your in depth look at the next CBA unlike that fluff piece.

Posted by d ca on 01/29/19 at 03:23 PM ET

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