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Realignment, Revenue Sharing Likely To Be Topics In NHL Owners' Meetings Next Week
Published November 30, 2011
SHARE & SHARE ALIKE: In Chicago, Adam Jahns noted with a tentative agreement reached in the NBA lockout, the NHL’s issues "soon will come to the forefront." A season-cancelling lockout "seems unlikely, but there are still some issues that might drag out negotiations." Blackhawks VP & GM Stan Bowman said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman "and his group are preparing very well for it." Bowman: "They’re going to learn something from these negotiations with the NBA. I don’t know if they’re going to necessarily translate over, but that will probably heat up as the year goes along." Jahns noted revenue sharing "should be a topic" in upcoming negotiations. Under the current CBA, players "are entitled to 56 percent-57 percent of league revenues in any year in which revenues exceed $2.7 billion." The NHL "topped that mark last season and is expected to this year." Still, Jahns noted many "believe the negotiations won’t be as volatile as they were in 2004, when the players finally agreed to a hard salary cap" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/27).