2012-13 Lockout Discussion Part III (First 2 weeks of season cancelled)
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09-28-2012, 04:50 AM
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“I think the owners were willing to lose up to two seasons in the last lockout, but this time around, no,” said Jonathon Gatehouse, a Canadian business writer and the author of “The Instigator,” a new biography of Bettman.
“I buy into the same idea that a lot of people have: There’s too much money on the table to leave behind,” Gatehouse added. “Just in May, Bettman was at a sports business conference in Boston, talking about how the league has never been in a better place financially.”
“I don’t anticipate a deal getting done this weekend, but the fact the lines of communication are still open (is good),” Montador said. “It’s not, ‘If it’s not core economic issues, there’s nothing to talk about.’ It’s not that stance. The reality is, the deal isn’t just the core economics. Even if the core itself was done this weekend, time still has to be put into other issues.”
No, it’s doubtful you’ll see NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr coming out of this weekend’s meetings to announce a new deal. But perhaps they’ll come out agreeing on one item. Maybe two.
Steve Montador is the Hawks NHLPA rep.
The NHL is a $3.3B business. The projected revenue for 12-13 was $3.51B which included the NHL pre-season. $3.76B in 13-14. $4.02B in 14-15 which is the first season of the new TV deal in Canada. CBC's deal is up after 13-14. $4.3B in 15-16.
The NHL NBC deal is backloaded. Brooks wrote it pays the NHL $150M-$160M this season. The NHL gets that money if a season is lost but the 10 year deal extends to an 11th year with no rights fee. The 10th year could pay the NHL $240M per and they get zero if there is an 11th year. 10 years. $2B.
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