This is absolutely ridiculous and we don't even know who's being more unfair here.
The NHL owners or the NHL players.
At this point we think everyone is being selfish.
Seems like both sides have too much pride to concede to the other.
After the NHL offered a 50-50 split of revenue, as we previously mentioned, the two sides sat down for a meeting on Thursday.
The meeting lasted barely an hour.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said:
"The Players' Association came back and basically made three alternate proposals on the players' share, all variations, to some degree, of the one proposal that they made over the summer and really haven't deviated from since. And none of the three variations of players' share that they gave us even began to approach 50-50 [revenue split] either at all or for some long period of time and it's clear that we're not speaking the same language in terms of what they came back to us with.
It is still my hope that we can accomplish my goal, the League's goal of getting an 82-game season, but I am concerned based on the proposal that was made today that things are not progressing. To the contrary, I think the proposal that was made by the Players' Association was in many ways a step backward."
The Deputy Commissioner of the NHL, Bill Daly, feels that NHLPA is trying really hard to make the NHL owners look like the "bad guys."
"The so called 50-50 deal, plus honoring current contracts proposed by the NHL Players' Association earlier today is being misrepresented. It is not a 50-50 deal. It is, most likely a 56- to 57-percent deal in Year One and never gets to 50 percent during the proposed five-year term of the agreement.
The proposal contemplates paying the players approximately $650 million outside of the players' share. In effect, the Union is proposing to change the accounting rules to be able to say '50-50,' when in reality it is not. The Union told us that they had not yet 'run the numbers.' We did."
Everyone is just being so stubborn!
We can't believe this season might not happen at all.
Just fix it for the fans!
[Image via AP Images.]
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