|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on October 17, 2012 at 2:15 AM|
Good news hockey fans, the National Hockey League has made a proposal that may save the 2012-13 NHL season.
On Tuesday, the NHL made a 50-50 split revenue offer. "We very much want to preserve a full 82-game season and in that light we made a proposal, an offer really," Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "It is our best shot at preserving an 82-game regular season and [Stanley Cup] Playoffs."
This meeting was different then just about every other. For really the first time, the primary issue of player revenue sharing was discussed.
Bettman said that the offer, which splits hockey-related revenue at 50-50, is contingent upon a full season being played and suggested that the season could begin Nov. 2. He also said the League is not asking for salary rollbacks from the players.
A lot of Hockey experts predicted that some real progress would be made at these meeting. Simply put, the NHL does not want to lose the revenue produced as a result of the Winter Classic being played on January 1.
If this proposal is not accepted by the players and the Classic is canceled hockey fans are at risk of losing the entire season. The most significant concern for the players is that their current contracts will be honored.
Considering how this lockout began Tuesday's news could not be more positive!
We could still have a full NHL season...
The NHLPA has scheduled a conference call for 5 p.m. ET to discuss the offer with the players' negotiating committee and the union's executive board. I hope all goes well!