Relative to what the owners first proposal was, the union's first proposal should have been the elimination of a salary cap. Their first offer already was a large concession.
Concessions go far beyond money. The percentage the players are getting is just one portion.
Why not offer the NHLPA expanded revenue sharing along with the final $5 million dollars in the cap system a luxury tax?
Why not offer the NHLPA arbitration, signing bonuses, and no cap on salaries?
Those are just a couple examples, but so far, they haven't offered any concessions.
Just as the NHLPA hasn't offered any real concessions either.
Why not offer the NHL a 52-48 hard linkage in favor of the players?
Why not offer the NHL a entry level contract cap to 3-4 years?
Why not offer the NHL a cap on over contract length to 7 or 8 years?
From the way it looks, both sides are demanding. The owners are demanding that the players take the salary cuts, the contract limits, no arbitration, and so on. That is wrong. The players are demanding that things stay the same or the hard linkage goes down to 53% for year one and moves back up to 57% in year 3 with a 4th year player option at the same level. How does a temporary change fix this problem? It doesn't. While the player offer was less draconian, its still not the solution.
Whats worse is that both sides are posturing and being inflexible.
As a fan, I find it disgusting. Just get in the room and work on the deal.
I will be doing this when the lockout is announced on Saturday.
It boggles the mind that in spite of making over a billion dollars more revenue in 7years, that ownership thinks this is the solution to the league's issues. Revenue has increased 50% in seven years! How many industries see that kind of growth??
While the union's proposal certainly isn't an end point for the CBA, it's based on the idea that the league will continue to make money, increase revenue and be successful, which is what Gary has been telling us for 7 years and what has happened for 7 years. What ownership is trying to sell fans on is that in spite of a 50% increase in revenue in 7 years, the players need to make massive concessions on salaries and contracts in order for franchises to be successful. That's bulls***.
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