The NHL and NHLPA are expected to meet early Tuesday morning. The meeting comes just days before the NHL is expected to announce it’s first cancellations of regular season games considering that opening night is scheduled for October 11th. Both sides have agreed to pickup talks again on hockey related revenue after a weekend of meetings about player safety, player pension plans and other various “side” issues.
According to NHL executive Bill Daly however, the division of hockey related revenue won’t be discussed. Not sure what that means so, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that the NHL lockout will not be ending tomorrow.
The two sides would be wise to get a deal done sooner rather than later considering it’s tough to grow a league, earn more revenue and get higher TV ratings if games aren’t being played because a league doesn’t technically exist. Not to mention many teams have already begun layoffs and pay-cuts for team employees and executives. Taking that even further is two New Jersey senators who wrote letters to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA head Donald Fehr, urging them to come to a resolution soon because the state of New Jersey stands to lose millions of dollars of revenue and people could lose their jobs without Devils games being played nightly in Newark. Keep in mind Newark just lost its NBA team, the New Jersey Nets, who moved to Brooklyn to become the Brooklyn Nets.
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