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NHL Lockout Update: Tentative CBA Deal Reached 0

Posted on January 06, 2013 by Matthew Jacob
The NHLPA and NHL have reached a tentative agreement to end the 2012-13 NHL Lockout

The NHLPA and NHL have reached a tentative agreement to end the 2012-13 NHL Lockout

Most people are pretty unhappy when they have to be awake at six in the morning, and usually I am right there with them. Today is different though, not because I woke up on the “right” side of the bed this morning, but because the NHLPA and NHL have reached a tentative agreement to end the NHL Lockout.

The news broke early this morning by the media in attendance including TSN analyst and former Bruin Aaron Ward, TSN’s Darren Dreger, and ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun. The story from TSN can be read here.

“We have reached an agreement on the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed to reporters early Sunday morning. “I want to thank Don Fehr. We still have more work to do, but it’s good to be at this point.”

While details are few at this time and are the typical “more to follow” variety; it is known that the new deal is 10 years in length. The tentative deal was finally reached after a marathon session of negotiations which eclipsed nearly 16 hours and led into the early morning of today.

It also appears as if the deal features a salary cap of $64.3 million in the second year which is a common ground for both parties as the owners wanted for the cap to be $60 million. It is this concession that is believed to hold major significance in reaching a deal between both parties.

According to ESPN and TSN analyst Pierre Lebrun, the NHL has both 50 game and 48 games schedules drawn up depending on how long it takes to ratify the new CBA. It is unknown at this time as to how long that process will take. What I can tell you is that the NHL Lockout is all but over. There are still some minor things to be done, but for all intents and purposes, we will be seeing hockey pretty soon.

More information will come out over time and we here at Boston Sports Then & Now will keep you all abreast of it as it is released. For now you can all sit back, relax, and think about your beloved black & gold taking the ice at the TD Garden sometime in the next couple of weeks.

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NHL Lockout Blues: This Video Will Make You MISS Hockey EVEN MORE..If That’s Possible 2

Posted on January 04, 2013 by Joe Gill

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The NHL is approaching the deadline to cancel yet ANOTHER season.

The players are IRATE with the league’s negotiating tactics.

The “BRAND” has become an UTTER joke.

The businesses/cities are losing MILLIONS.

The fans are PISSED off and are at wit’s end.

The video below put together by Janne Makkonenwho brought to you the EMOTIONAL and EPIC “Together We Can” masterpiece, encapsulates the SORRY state of the greatest game (not for long) on the planet.

Hockey fans are the MOST DEDICATED in all of sport.

And they get WALKED on the most!

NO Hockey For The Holidays: NHL Lockout? Bah Humbug (A Very Gary Christmas Celebration) (VIDEO) 1

Posted on December 19, 2012 by Joe Gill

Hockey fans everywhere are TRYING to keep CALM and SURVIVE the latest lockout as it enters it’s FOURTH month.

What a great Xmas present the NHL has given it’s fans during this holiday season!

A BIG OLE LUMP OF GREED COAL!

Well, the NHL owners will feel the wrath of the fans when the game returns hopefully in 2013.

When it comes to buying merchandise and renewing season tickets, the fans will be the GRINCH and SCROOGE the owners where it hurts.

In their HUGE wallets…

END THE FRIGGIN’ LOCKOUT!

 

ST&N Tip Of The Cap To Angry NHL Fans!

Ways To KEEP CALM & SURVIVE The NHL Lockout (INFOGRAPHIC) 2

Posted on November 15, 2012 by Joe Gill

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The NHL Lockout is TWO MONTHS old already and the fans are trying to SURVIVE.

And find things to do until the NHL & NHLPA get their heads out of their……

You can fill in the blank!

Until then here are some ideas how to spend your time outside of wishing BODILY HARM on Gary Bettman.

The NHL Gives Fans & Business Owners The FINGER By Canceling All November Games 2

Posted on October 26, 2012 by Joe Gill

If Fans Accept It Now, It Will Be Easier To Cope.

The NHL continues their BULLYING tactics against the NHLPA. Their “take it or leave it” mentality has cost hockey fans everywhere the thing they LOVE. “The Grinch That Will Steal Another Season” AKA Gary Bettman announced that all games in November have been cancelled.

Can it get ANY WORSE?

Yup.

Rumors are swirling that Bettman The Bastard will cancel the NHL All-Star Game & the Winter Classic this coming Monday. The league is going to scrap one of the few things they have done right…..the spectacle and money making machine that is the Winter Classic. The game was to feature the Red Wings and Maple Leafs at the Big House at the University Of Michigan.

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Time To DIG IN: NHLPA NOT THRILLED With The NHL’s Latest Proposal 0

Posted on October 17, 2012 by Joe Gill

Donald Fehr Is Not Going To Accept An Unfair Proposal Just To Do It.

The CAUTIOUS optimism with the NHL’s latest proposal has NOT been met with great enthusiasm. Bob McKenzie of TSN obtained Donald Fehr’s letter to players & agents:

 ”Simply put, the owners’ new proposal, while not quite as Draconian as their previous proposals, still represents enormous reductions in player salaries and individual contracting rights. As you will see, at the 5 per cent industry growth rate the owners predict, the salary reduction over six years exceeds $1.6 billion. What do the owners offer in return?”

- “The proposal does represent movement from their last negotiating position, but still represents very large, immediate and continuing concessions by players to owners, in salary and benefits (the Players’ Share) and in individual player contracting rules.”

On some of the specific aspects of the NHL proposal:

- “They want to “clarify” HRR definition and rules. It is not immediately clear what this means, but so far all of their ideas in this regard have had the effect of reducing HRR, and thereby lowering salaries.”

- “The Players’ Share is reduced to 50 per cent from 57 per cent immediately — this season. This is a reduction in the share of 12.3 per cent. On last year’s revenue numbers, this would mean that players’ salaries would be cut by about $231 million.”

- “The proposal includes a “Make Whole” provision, to compensate players for the anticipated reduction in absolute dollars from last year (2011-12), to this year and next year. However, it would work like this. The Players Share in subsequent years would be reduced so that this “Make Whole” payment would be made. It is players paying players, not owners paying players. That is, players are “made whole” for reduced salaries in one year by reducing their salaries in later years.”

- “Finally, they also proposed that the players could appeal supplemental or commissioner discipline to a neutral arbitration, on a “clearly erroneous” standard, which, as a practical manner, makes it very unlikely that any decision would be overturned.”

The final two paragraphs of the letter sums up where Fehr believes the process is at and reinforces the players’ position on all issues:

- “We do not yet know whether this proposal is a serious attempt to negotiate an agreement, or just another step down the road. The next several days will be, in large part, an effort to discover the answer to that question.”

- “Bear in mind the approach that the Players have taken to these negotiations. It is:

- Given the enormous concessions players made in the last round, plus 7 years of record revenue reaching $3.3 billion last season, there is no reason for a reduction in the amount the players receive.

- Players are willing to take reduced share going forward so that the NHL can grow out of whatever problems some franchises face.

- The player contracting rights secured in the last negotiations should be, at minimum, maintained.

- Revenue sharing needs to be enhanced and structured so as to encourage revenue growth by the receiving teams.

- The overall agreement has to be fair and equitable for both parties. Bargaining is both give and take.”

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