That is how these rumors start ,, Everyone in world including NBC was aware a lockout was coming
They would have no shot in court to win ,, They could walk away from NHL but paying 2B for nothing is pointless
Wordage in the contract doesn't cover everything, several times things have been in contracts that haven't covered what they intended for any number of reasons.
Simply put the contract is so that NBC could broadcast X number of games. A judge could easily rule that the NHL by not playing the games violated the contract and no wordage can save them from that breach. Plus it's not a road the NHL wants to even think about going down. NBC is literally the only network the NHL could find to broadcast it, lose out on that and the NHL loses billions of dollars and can't afford to risk it.
What is interesting now are the internal and external pressures in play that are driving the two sides to get a CBA done. There’s the pressing timeline of course – to save the season a deal needs to be in place probably within 2 weeks at the latest. The NHL and Bettman, apparently are being pressured from at least two fronts: the sponsors and NBC… and of course Bettman himself from the owners that he represents. Fehr, surely must be feeling it as well. He has the pending “disclaimer of interest” which no one wants … and the players will be pressing him to get the best deal now. Bettman and Fehr are still in a cat and mouse game and that will likely continue well into today and possibly for another week or more … but it seems both are finally ready to negotiate after months of posturing (from both) . The way I see it, the absence of leaks to the press is part of the process to save face for both of these guys. Pretty pathetic really, what they’ve put the fan base through, with their respective egos in full view.
This is getting ridiculous. Meet for 10 min then call it a day, and now it's down to pensions. What's next per diem? What toilet paper teams have to offer to the players?
GET IT DONE!
There's no real hurry. Its a 48 game schedule or its no season. As I said earlier, they are targeting a January 19th start date. Probably have this wrapped up (if there is a deal) by the end of the weekend, camp starts the 12th.