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NHL Lockout, Day 12: League Likely To Cancel Rest Of Preseason Before Tomorrow's Meeting
Published September 27, 2012
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE: The GLOBE & MAIL's Sean Gordon writes under the header, "Donald Fehr Forges Ironclad Solidarity." Players said that the NHLPA Exec Dir "has been adept at reaching beyond cliques and including everyone in the discussions," from superstars like Penguins C Sidney Crosby to free agent LW Mathieu Darche, who is on the bargaining committee." Fehr has "constructed what he hopes will be a lasting unity, and has done so painstakingly, racking up a hideous number of frequent flier points." One of the "main tasks for Fehr is to battle the inevitable impatience his members will express, but as he has said, every negotiation has its own pace and it doesn't pay to rush it." Fehr said, "The hardest thing to do is wait, but sometimes that's just what you have to do" (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/27). In N.Y., Mark Everson writes the lockout has "yet to reach the serious, hand-wringing stage, and it won't until the sides lose things that matter." The absence of negotiations "is maddening in some circles, but there has been no reason yet for either side to bend, so there really is little to talk about." It would not be a surprise "to see the final collective bargaining agreement include provisions for advertising on uniforms and helmets as additional sources of revenue" (N.Y. POST, 9/27).
FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: In a special to SI, Former Panthers co-Managing Partner Stu Siegel writes, "If you look at the time line over the past year, Fehr appeared to be stalling and stringing out negotiations." But when "most of these owners say they're losing money every year, they're telling the truth." The players "do need to take a pay cut," but the "pain should be shared." This is a "players-versus-owners issue, of course." But it is "just as much a battle between the high-revenue clubs and the teams that are losing money." Get a team of "independent financial geniuses to figure out the math to equitably divide the $3.3 billion in revenue, and then convert that into a new CBA" (SI, 10/1 issue).