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IHL PLAYERS SAY, "WE'RE NOT THE NHL;" AGREE TO SALARY CAP
Published October 21, 1994
The IHL and the Professional Hockey Players Association are close to agreeing on a new CBA and could announce a signed deal as early as tomorrow in Cleveland. The IHL has been negotiating with the PHPA since February, and the main issue has been revenue sharing and a taxed salary cap -- the same issues the NHL has been struggling with. Cincinnati Cyclones Player Rep Dallas Eakins said that the labor negotiations have been "much more civil" than those in the NHL: "We know we're not the NHL. We want families to be able to afford to come to our games, so it has to be a good working agreement" (Randy Oppenheimer, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 10/21). Clevaland Lumberjacks Owner Larry Gordon said the agreement would include provisions for career counseling, a players' pension, revenue sharing and "other things the players have never had before." One proposal still being debated is the prospect of adding the union as the 18th league team for revenue-sharing purposes. Gordon added that a clause in the agreement will ensure that a minimum of 5,000 seats in each IHL arena will cost an average of $10 or less (Amy Rosewater, Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 10/20).