The NHL Lockout continues: on Tuesday the NHL and its owners unveiled a new proposed collective bargaining agreement. This new agreement was centered on the proposed 50-50 division of hockey related revenue. Other key issues included contract length (5-year maximum) and the salary cap lowered to $59.9 million (down from $70.2M). Another concession the NHL offered was the agreement not to “rollback” any existing player contracts. This will definitely serve to lessen the vilification of the Minnesota Wild owner, who was looking at nearly halving the two blockbuster contracts he had handed out this off-season.
While this new offer from the league does show that the owners will “play ball”, it still means they want to play with their ball on their home court, and they want the players to spot them ten points.
On Thursday the NHLPA handed the NHL and Commissioner Gary Bettman a counter proposal. After one hour the talks broke off and Bettman was quoted as saying:
“We’re not speaking the same language in terms of what they came back to us with.”
So it looks like we are doomed to six more weeks of the lockout.
All I can think of is an image of my older brother and I at the dinner table. The two of us would sit in deadlock while eyeballing the last dinner roll as we sized the other up. Should I let him cut it and I get to choose? Should I cut it and let him pick? Should I wait until my parents aren’t looking then cut him and take the roll? It would usually drag on longer than our parents could stand and one of them would end up eating it.
And this is what the NHL lockout is turning into. Two stubborn kids fighting over the last dinner roll. So I say let them just sit at the table without their roll. I finally understand my parents’ frustration. These two sides are fighting over something that they didn’t even pay for. They are willing to let a perfectly good roll (season) go to waste instead of just splitting it and being thankful for the food. These two parties are bickering over the money given to them by the people who are the ones losing out on an opportunity to give them more money.
They must be speaking different languages in those meeting rooms because when you say it in plain English it seems too simple. Someone needs to pull the parent card here. Just force both sides to sit there until they can figure out how to split the roll. Lock both teams of representatives in a room, brew some coffee and swallow the key. If they can’t get the NHL Lockout figured out before the season is lost, fans might not give them another roll to split.