NHL, Players Union meet for the first time in two weeks
This weekend, NHL officials and the Players Union met for the first time in two weeks to continue contract negotiations. Bill Daly, the deputy commissioner of the league, and Steve Fehr, the player’s union special council, met from Saturday until 1 a.m. Sunday morning.
The New York Times Slap Shot blog reports that Daly told media Sunday morning that the basic issues of the lockout were discussed and that talks would resume this week. Slap Shot reported that the talks now are mainly focused on how the teams will honor current contracts when the player’s split of hockey-related revenue is reduced from 57% to 50%.
The NHL has already officially cancelled games through all of November, and also the 2013 Winter Classic. The cancellations represent over a quarter of the regular season, which is obviously a huge loss for all of the parties involved.
The fans are desperate for the league to reach an agreement, and hopefully these late-night talks will pave the way to an agreement.