Category Archives: Collective Bargaining Agreement

Top Questions For the New NHL

6th
Jan. × ’13

With the tentative agreement in place, and on the presumption that both sides ratify it, there are some big questions that need answering, some short term, some long term. First up, is how will players who were unsigned RFA’s under the old and expired CBA be treated under the new one. Some of those players […]


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The Lockout Solution: Simple, Reasonable, Beneficial, and Unlikely

3rd
Dec. × ’12

Having been an observer of the National Hockey League for decades I’ve come to acknowledge several truths. The first is that I adore hockey. The second is that the NHL owners don’t give a damn about individual fans. The third is that collectively they are the 30 (ish) worst billionaire businessmen on the planet. Last […]


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Top 10 Reasons November Games Were Cancelled

26th
Oct. × ’12

Today NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced all of Novembers games would be wiped out, here’s why: 10:  The regular referees are all working elsewhere now and the only ones available are the ones the NFL had filling in, 9: Games aren’t going to be resumed until the last Rick Nash jersey in Columbus is sold. […]


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007 Weeks And No Change

20th
Oct. × ’12

This lockout is a farce. There are two reasons for this. Collectively, you’d be hard pressed to find 30 worse businessmen who somehow remain mega rich is the first. The second is that for these folks the world is not enough. As a whole the league has grown its revenue hand over fist for the […]


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Revenue Based Voting For NHL Owners

27th
Sep. × ’12

It is clear to anyone with even a casual interest in the NHL that there is a clear and marked divide in the ownership ranks. One the one hand their initial salvo at the CBA negotiations said one thing, and their growth and this summers contracts say another. The demand for five year contracts as […]


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NHL Lockout: Quantifying The Secondary Losses

16th
Sep. × ’12

One question I haven’t seen any ask, and certainly no one has an answer for is how badly a lockout will affect not direct revenue, but the secondary information sources, and total fan engagement. The very biggest sites and sources will still be around, mostly. But will they still be in the same form? Will […]


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Dear Owners, You Will Lose The Most

4th
Sep. × ’12

Dear Owners,   You will lose the most. Short term, long term, medium term, it can’t work any other way.  It really is that simple, the playersmight lose a year of pay if they don’t make arrangements to play in another league, for you it isn’t that simple. Short term:  Owners will lose ticket and […]


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Is Tim Thomas The Smartest Man In Hockey?

20th
Jul. × ’12

The current labor situation is filled with reasons to reexamine what we know. Let’s start with the facts: The NHL Ownership has staked out a position that appears to be a draconian assault on the players union. Anyone paying attention for the last two or three years knows that this CBA is first, second and […]


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If The NHLPA Responds In Kind

16th
Jul. × ’12

The owners reported first offer to the NHLPA has been covered in depth both here and elsewhere. Donald Fehr is known to be a firebrand. The possibilities for his response are nearly limitless. Depending on what level they want to respond to the ownership positions there are a bunch of things that could be included […]


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