Posted October 25, 2012

NHL plans to withdraw proposal, more games likely to be cancelled

NHL
Bill Daly

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league’s most recent proposal would be withdrawn. All games in November may be cancelled. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL plans to withdraw its most recent proposal to the NHLPA once the Thursday deadline passes, according to a report from ESPN:

“When we delivered the proposal last Tuesday, we told them it would be on the table through today,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.com Thursday afternoon. “Having not reached agreement through today, I expect that we’ll formally notify the union Friday that the proposal is no longer on the table. We’re going to take it back internally and figure out where we go from here.”

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr was not surprised by the league’s withdrawal. He commented,

“Review the history here: they make a proposal, it’s essentially a take it or leave it, we respond on the core economics, they take 10 minutes and say no…. It takes two to negotiate. They seem to be really good at imposing deadlines and issuing ultimatums and having lockouts. It seems to be something they’re well-practiced at.”

Daly said the proposal would no longer work because it was created under the pretense of having an 82-game season. The league is expected to cancel games through the end of November on Friday.


9 comments
Cool
Cool

Hey Daly and Bettman,

When you set a pile of dung on the kitchen table and announce that dinner is served, don't be so surprised when it sits there a week with no one touching it.   You were not smart enough to figure that out when they walked to the table, took a sniff and walked away, it shows that you don't pre taste what your serving.

SptsfantillIdie
SptsfantillIdie

 @Cool I gather you see Fehr as a real class act.  And those poor union rank and file guys making a minimum wage of $500,000... They are ALL part of the 1%.  The ticket buyers are generally in the 99%---well, maybe I am the only one, perhaps when I look at the prices of tickets, maybe everyone but me is in the 1%.

JeffSkrenes
JeffSkrenes

Here is how the lockout has affected me.  I have spent the last few years clawing my way out of a financial hole and finally bought my own home and arrived at a place of relative financial security.  The FIRST vacation in years that I had planned was for the Winter Classic.  I could go almost anywhere, but I chose to go to Detroit in January because I love hockey and am that big of a Red Wings fan.  This is a big deal for me, and if that game is cancelled I am never coming back to following the NHL.

 

What Gary Bettman and the owners are forgetting is that their fan base is made up of thousands upon thousands of people like me--people who make choices to spend our valuable time and money supporting their league, and who will put that time and money elsewhere if there is no NHL.

renaissanceman1020
renaissanceman1020

Although the NHL may have exclusivity contracts with the various arenas, I would think that nearly every NHL city has another place to play.  Alternatively, the NHL teams might now be in breach of their existing agreements with the primary arenas. The players have no obligation to the owners or the league because they have been locked out. The players' union needs to start negotiating TV contracts and lease deals with alternative arenas. Then the players' union can hire a few officials and start holding games. Who needs the owners? I have been a fan for forty years but I am sick and tired of the multiple work stoppages. The owners are driving me away from the sport. What owner in his right mind would think that the fans are going to put up with the repeated lockouts.  Back in his playing days, before he came the owner's figurehead, Mario Lemieux called the NHL a "garage league".   That characterization remains accurate.  The players need to organize, start holding games, and tell the owners to go to hell. The owners will not be missed

Harpo we love u
Harpo we love u like.author.displayName 1 Like

Stern is retiring from the NBA in February.  Maybe Bettman will go back to the NBA.

EdCostello
EdCostello

Harpo - Great Idea.  That would help all of Hockey.  Bettman is a detriment - not an asset

destin507
destin507

As a former NHL fan ( I gave up on Hockey after the last lockout), I just want to make something very very clear.

NHL Hockey is NOT in a position to be losing fans. Compared to the other pro sports (Nascar too) Hockey has a very small share of the market. I am no accountant or economist, but it seems if I was running this business I would look for long term stability and growing fans each generation.

The NHL really should be looking at how they are losing future fans by all this crap now. I would rather earn money over the long term, consistently, than trying to milk the cow dry all at once. Because of your greed, I will stay away from Hockey as I have been, but it is such a shame you guys are running it into the ground. Thanks for screwing the fans that have been there from way back and put up with all the price increases for tickets and merchandise EVEN when the economy is in the tank. I could go on and on how disappointed I am...... So sad. Shameful actually.

 

Darkdrakonis
Darkdrakonis like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @destin507 I assume that they believe the money magically appears when they play regardless of if people buy tickets or merchandise... Its a sad and pathetic game and the only ones really losing are the owners.... the players will go elsewere and we will follow

SptsfantillIdie
SptsfantillIdie

 @Darkdrakonis  @destin507 The players may well go elsewhere, and we may or may not find them.  They will make a fraction of what the NHL pays.  Too bad time waits on none of us, and athletes have a shorter potential span than those of us that are wondering if Social Security will be there for us.  This makes 6 of 8 times Fehr has been involved in a contract that a work stoppage has resulted...makes me wonder who is up to what?