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Hockey fans are keeping an eye on these meetings over the Collective Bargaining Agreement. On September 15, 2012, the current collective bargain agreement will expire and if no deal gets done fans could be looking at another lockout.
The Players’ Association submitted its first proposal on Tuesday almost a month after the owners made their offer. The owners’ offer caused a bit of a stir as it made some drastic changes to benefit the owners, such as cutting the players’ share of hockey-related revenues from 57 percent a year to 46 percent.
Adam Proteau of The Hockey News spoke with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich about where the NHL’s CBA talks are at and will we miss some games or the whole season?
Though the Players’ Association’s first proposal is more realistic than the first one made by the owners there is still a large gap when it comes to revenue. How do you bridge that gap?
“That’s a great question and a great point. I think the…that’s why most people I think still believe even though it was a relatively positive day yesterday that you’re still going to see the preseason canceled maybe the first couple months of the season canceled.”
If the owners try and test the resolve of the players and games are getting canceled, is this group of players strong enough to stick together and fight if the owners are being unfair?
Plus are the owners already planning to miss some of the season and not really start true negotiations until November or December?