NHL Makes 50/50 Offer

Adam Gretz at CBS Sports reports that the NHL offered a new proposal during today's negotiations with the NHLPA…

"Bettman told reporters in Toronto that the offer includes a 50/50 split of hockey related revenue in the first year, and will include no salary rollbacks. The other big piece of news: the league's proposal would make no changes to the definition of HRR, something that had been a big topic of discussion in previous meetings."

Bettman also stated that he hopes to still have an 82-game schedule that begins on November 2nd.

NHLPA leader Donald Fehr said this about the NHL's proposal…

"Gary indicated to me and I assume he indicated to you that they would like to get a full 82-game season in," said Fehr. "We, of course, share that view and would like to get a full 82-game season in. And, so, what our hope is that after we review this that there will be a feeling on the players' side that this is a proposal from which we can negotiate and try to reach a conclusion. But, we are not in a position to make any comments about it beyond that at this point."

The proposed deal is for a minimum of six-years.

…i've been burned too many times recently getting excited about these negotiations, so I'm going to reserve judgment until we hear back from the players. Having said that, this is an encouraging development.

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