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Bill Daly bio and timeline

The Daly file
Family: Wife, Gloria; daughter, Taylor; sons, Brendan and Liam
Education: Dartmouth College (1986); New York University School of Law (1990)

Key dates

NHL hires Daly as senior vice president of legal affairs, after six years as an attorney with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

With the newly created NHL International, Daly assumes responsibility for all of the league’s international businesses, in addition to his current duties.

Daly brokers a deal between the NHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation that states the age at which teams can sign European prospects, how long they can hold onto them, and how much European clubs are compensated for the loss of their stars.

On Sept. 15, the NHL collective-bargaining agreement expires and the owners announce a player lockout. The labor impasse eventually forces the league to cancel the season.

In July, the NHLPA approves a new CBA, with a 464-68 vote, ending the player lockout. Daly was the league’s main negotiator during collective bargaining with the players.
Following the end of the lockout, the NHL promotes Daly to deputy commissioner.
Daly helps negotiate a two-year, $135 million deal with Comcast for the league’s cable broadcasting rights.

NHL signs a 10-year, $2 billion deal with NBC and Versus for the league’s media rights.
With the league’s CBA set to expire on Sept. 15, Daly says he does not anticipate the negotiations to be particularly contentious or prolonged.

The NHL and NHLPA hold the first formal bargaining session in June.
On Sept. 15, the NHL’s CBA expires at midnight, and the league locks out its players.
In November, the NHL cancels the Winter Classic, and later the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend.

In January, the NHL Board of Governors unanimously approves a new CBA, ending the lockout. However, time lost to the lockout forces teams to play 48 regular-season games instead of the usual 82.

Source: SportsBusiness Journal research