The NHL has reportedly made an offer to the NHLPA that includes a 50/50 split of revenue across the board, provided the league plays a full 82-game season, beginning on November 2.
According to NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, the proposal is for at least six years, and the union will be holding a 5 p.m. conference call to discuss the offer.
What prompted the owners to make this offer? Gary Bettman claims the offer was made, “in the spirit of getting a deal done.” Possible translation: the owners are sick of the bad press and sick of bleeding money, and would like to be able to go back to having money to burn.
This is the offer everyone with half a brain was waiting for for the NHL owners to make, but let’s not rush into high-fiving celebrations just yet. Since few details have surfaced, it would be unwise to declare this offer a slam dunk. Hockey fans should be cautiously optimistic, as this is certainly a step in the right direction. Hopefully, we’ll know soon after 5 p.m. whether the end of the lockout is drawing near.