Everybody's talking at me; I don't hear a word they're saying (CBA/Lockout XXIX)
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11-15-2012, 11:09 PM
Join Date: Jun 2003
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I think the NHL had to get the word out that they are not close to any agreement on the financials. That seemed to be a story put out by the Union. For days we have been hearing from the media that the players and owners had come together and agreed on a 50/50 deal or were close to it , and scratching their heads about why the owners were holding up everything with their refusal to negotiate on the contractual issues.
The PA was setting the league up to take the fall when no deal was forthcoming,despite their denials that an agreement on the financials was even close.Maybe this time they got thier message across.
In an email to the Star Tribune, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said: "I find it incredible that the Union is suggesting that we are somehow "close" to a deal. They have utterly refused to negotiate for months. They have made essentially one proposal -- five times. They continue to request a "guaranteed" Players Share as part of the next agreement and we repeatedly tell them maybe they should get a reality check.
And in the mean time, maybe they can make their position clear to us on 50-50, on the make-whole and on Player Contracting issues.
This really irks me. The PA has never really made their position clear on anything. They use some sort of misdirection about not negotiating publicly, but I don't think they've even committed to anything privately ... just continuously find something new to whine about. It's just some silly charade ... at least the league has made its stance clear throughout the process. First it was HRR with the PA, and when that was resolved it turns to something else. I figure if the NHL capitulated on the entire "make whole" issue the union would just move onto the next thing and refuse to negotiate anything, meanwhile claiming the next issue was what "the whole thing was about." At least the NHL is trying to find practical solutions.
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