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12-05-2012, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by cbcwpg View Post

MacLean said that six weeks ago, he heard the NHL’s position, that “it is knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out until December 1st, and then at December 1st we’re getting a deal done.”

According to a source with a good knowledge of the NHL’s business workings, the league has a deal with its major sponsors that will pay it 100 percent of its money if the league plays a schedule of 61 or more games. If the schedule dips below 61 games, the league will receive only 75 percent of its sponsorship money. That percentage continues to decrease down to 50 percent if the league only plays a 41-game schedule.

So, as fans, we have to put up with a 3 month stare contest, until the NHL really starts to lose money, then it's all... "Let's make a deal?"

I say ___'em . I will be going to the games because I have prepaid for my STs, but the NHL is not getting one dime from me for anything else, and neither are their sponsors
NHLPA didn't start to negotiate until mid November when they finally tabled a proposal that wasn't absurd. It's not like NHL can get a deal done without NHLPA.

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