After five consecutive days of talks last week, there is no progress in the latest NHL labour negotiations. What we have all been asking for (get both sides in a room, and let them hammer it out), happened with no ending to yet another work stoppage in the current commissioner’s tenure. The negotiating tactics of each side has left a fan base to ask themselves when will this end, and will they still care when it does.
This battle of millionaires versus billionaires has been about money, and well, money. Certainly there are a few contractual issues that have to be ironed out and decided upon, but the end result will boil down to how to split revenue sharing, and at what cost will the players have to suffer. When the league was willing to “give in” to the players request to settle at a 50/50 revenue split, most thought that we were on our way to a settlement. However when the players union came back late as last week with a request to have player contracts honored in full for this season, you might as well have thrown the baby out with the bath water. The greed unfortunately continues.
Steve Fehr thinks that there are only three things that need to be solved to get a deal completed. Michael Grange describes the negotiations by one word. Weird. And flat out weird to be exact. In either case, the public is growing tired of the ongoing tennis match with two sides who’s egos apparently wouldn’t fit inside that stadium in Ann Arbour, Michigan (Winter Classic site). With each day that passes more players are heading off to Europe to stay in shape, make a few bucks, and move on from what’s happening here in the states. [Read more…]