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Published October 7, 1994
The NHLPA spent yesterday on a counterproposal to offer the owners. "But as of last night, the union said it had yet to finalize the plan." No new talks were planned (Len Hochberg, WASHINGTON POST, 10/7). "While the owners' move to a tax on gate receipts could be considered a reason for optimism that a new collective agreement can be reached soon, there was little sense of that from the players" (David Shoalts, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/7). DROP-DEAD DATE? In the latest issue of SPORTING NEWS, Larry Wigge reports that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman "has assured marketing people, advertisers and television people that no work stoppage will go beyond" November 15 (10/10 issue). The NHL Board of Governors are expected to discuss the last possible date by which a full season could be played. Sources suggest that be November 1 (Damien Cox, TORONTO STAR, 10/7). NHL VP of Communications Arthur Pincus denied that the league is developing an abbreviated schedule in the event of lost games (AP/OTTAWA CITIZEN, 10/7). BY THE NUMBERS: In New York, Larry Brooks writes that the players "overlook the fact that the NHL has in negotiations guaranteed in one of three ways that the players will never receive less than they are currently receiving ... The league has pledged that the owners would make cash payments to the NHLPA to satisfy the guarantee" (N.Y. POST, 10/7). Jets President Barry Shenkarow: "We're saying now if you're getting 60 percent of the gross, and we can get another $1 billion in revenue, the players will get $600 million guaranteed. We just want to know that we're going to get $400 million of it" (Ed Willes, WINNIPEG SUN, 10/7). According to a source on the players' side familiar with the owners' latest proposal, the owners' plan generates only about $20M for revenue sharing -- $10M less than what Bettman originally wanted (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 10/7).