While Wednesday saw both sides trade proposals, neither was able to reprint the fine details of the collective bargaining agreement to save the start of the season. All is not lost, as we are only looking at loosing the preseason contests in September at this point. As day by day clicks by, the more we will start creeping into October, and the more likely the start of the season being delayed.
Economics appear to be the only thing standing in the way of getting a deal done, oh and looking like the good/bad guy. The NHL owners know they have to give on the hockey revenue, yes – the players are making a decent wage with the revenue sharing, but its only on hockey related revenue, there is still that piece of the pie out there that the players don’t get to touch.
The players have to know they will be taking a salary roll back to get this agreement done, the questions is where and how much will they be willing to concede to secure the season? The players got no support from the Quebec Labour Board – as the provincial body ruled against the NHLPAs claim that the lockout is illegal because the province doesn’t recognize the NHLPA as a union. Players are still holding out hope that the Alberta court will rule in their favor – but a precedence has been set by the Quebec ruling.
Picking sides yet? I am not sure who I want to align myself with – both sides are going to draw my ire as long as their is no hockey being played. Reading this article today takes the whole thing and puts it into a little perspective. While I figure out how to keep my gas take full as prices continue to creep up to $5.00 per gallon.
You do have some options if the NHL season doesn’t make it to television – and the guys over at SB Nations Die By the Blade and Buffalo Wins outline where you can get your hockey fix.
The scariest part of today, other than the fact that the NHL and NHLPA have no regard for their fans in this process? Bill Daly’s comments:
“We spoke today and determined that there was no point in convening a formal bargaining session in light of the fact that neither side is in a position to move off of its last proposal, I’m sure we will keep in touch in the coming days and schedule meetings to the extent they might be useful or appropriate. We are sorry for where we are. Not what we hoped or expected.”
Reading between the lines, that means that we are going to go about our business and wait for them to call us with a proposal that can work.