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11-13-2012, 03:25 AM
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Originally Posted by OrrOverGretzky View Post
The NHL got a 10 year deal partially on the premise that all of its issues would be solved in the upcoming CBA negotiations.

Doesn't matter what anyone of us believe. NBC gives the NHL an ultimatum : Settle by Nov 1st or we cancel the deal ?

Players win by a landslide and it isn't even close. NHL would have to give into every one of the players demands to get the deal done by then. There's no threat to the players to settle in that event.

NBC knew there was a possibility of losing the season. That's why they got the "free" year tagged on at the end in the event the season was lost.

It's also not out of the realm of possibility that the longer this goes, that NBC would be better off with a lost season. Pay $200 million for a 48 game season or $200 million for 0 games with a free 88 games tagged onto the end (accounting for expansion there )
The owners already have the leverage. I think the TV deal gave them an unfair advantage in these negotiations. They are getting paid regardless of a season this year correct? That contract should have just been delayed a year in case of a work stoppage. The owners shouldn't be getting any money this year and then a free year on the end IMO.

I think we would have hockey by now if not for the TV deal.

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