NHL vs. NHLPA
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10-25-2012, 10:35 PM
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Bettman's already said he's not interested in negotiating unless the PA accepts his last proposal entirely. And should they do so, then and only then can they look to 'tweak' the 'make whole' provision and nothing else.
Besides, the PA has already agreed to a 50-50 split,
. The biggest and most important issue for the NHLPA is to ensure already signed contracts are honoured to the fullest extent possible.
People will claim that under the now expired CBA, players contracts were never truly fulfilled entirely due to the escrow system. But there's a massive difference between players receiving less than their contract because league wide revenues fell or because the league as a whole paid more than 57% to the players and the owners deciding that they just don't feel like paying the players what they previously agreed to.
If the entire league as a whole was suffering and losing money, it would be entirely expected of the PA to take an immediate cutback. But if the NHL as a whole is profitable with only a few teams struggling, why should they? There's absolutely no reason why the fall in the players share of HRR can't be staggered so existing contracts are honoured.
The issue here is much more of an ownership issue with unequal revenue sharing as opposed to a owner versus player issue. If the hardline owners led by Jacobs were so hellbent on destroying the Union, this lockout would have ended a long time ago.
In time is 5 years from now until it is 50-50 at least. That isn't good enough, the nhl already said they didn't want rollback they are fine honoring the current contracts.
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