Burke offers solution to NHL labour problems
WebPosted Tue, 14 Sep 2004 18:34:59 EDT
CBC SPORTS ONLINE - Hockey Night In Canada analyst Brian Burke suggested ways to resolve the NHL labour dispute during Tuesday's broadcast of the World Cup final, detailing a theoretical 15-point plan during the first intermission.
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Brian Burke detailed his 15-point "working solution" on Tuesday.
With the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire Wednesday at midnight ET and a lockout looming, the former hockey executive offered up his own "working solution" focusing on the key issues being negotiated by the NHL and the NHL Players' Association.
"It's not a cure-all. There's parts of it that aren't going to work," admitted Burke.
A WORKING SOLUTION
1. Phase in agreement over two years
Burke argues the CBA, whatever form it takes, should not go into effect immediately.
"I argued vehemently against transitional rules, but now I'm convinced we're going to need them, so you're going to need to phase-in [a new CBA] over two years."
If both sides could cut the crap and agree to meet in the middle like this proposal, then hockey would'nt be in the mess that it's in today.
Players are afraid of the cap, but as Burke compared his solution to the NFl model, it has shown that by adopting this format, that the league would become more competitive and more profitable down the road. Cap levels increase as the league prospers, so they would get more money down the road.
Players prefer the status quo which to me looks like the baseball model. A few rich teams and a bunch of losers who are branded as such even before the season has started.
NHL needs a level playing field so all franchise cities would generate fan interest in the league. But at the rate both sides are going, the fans are the last thing they care about.