As Elliott wrote recently,
"The collective bargaining agreement the league negotiated with the NHL Players' Assn. expires Sept. 15, and the league is again pushing hard for substantial givebacks by players. No new deal, no new season, leaving the hockey world to face the third league-imposed lockout since 1994.
"This dispute was predictable the moment the NBA and NFL won concessions that dropped players' salaries to 47% of agreed-upon revenues in the case of the NFL and to 50% in the case of the NBA. The NHL, which navigated the recession surprisingly well and generated $3.3 billion in revenues last season, wants to change an equation that favored players by 57%-43% and make it 54%-46% in the owners' favor.
"The cut actually goes deeper because the NHL, citing higher business costs, wants to exclude some currently accepted hockey-related revenues from what players would share in the next deal. If business is booming why shouldn't players share the bounty? The 57% share they want in the fourth year of their proposal is probably a bit high, but the NHL's offer of 46% of a smaller pie is too low."
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