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NHL looking to NBA, NFL and MLB for CBA guidance

Dec 6, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT


Noteworthy tweet from TSN’s Darren Dreger, who reports that the NHL Board of Governors is discussing the recently negotiated CBAs of the NBA, NFL and MLB in today’s meetings in Pebble Beach.

We wondered a few weeks ago if the NHL might look to the NBA for CBA ideas. Specifically, we wondered about the so-called “amnesty clause,” which allows each team to rid itself of one bad contract. The team is still responsible for paying the player’s salary, but the cap hit is gone.

That would be a minor detail though. There are bigger things to take from the NBA’s deal.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun predicted last week that, like the NBA managed to do, “the NHL will try to reduce the players’ share from the current 57 percent to below 50 percent. That’s the most direct and impactful way of minimizing player costs in the next CBA. The NBA deal’s limit on term for contracts will also interest NHL owners.”

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Don’t look at the NBA. Please.

  2. uncledick - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    The NHL would be wise to avoid another lockout. They’re still recovering from the loss of fan base from that.

  3. sippindasyzurp - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    With all the new re alignment taking effect next year and teams playing out of there time zones hockey can start to make an even bigger leap forward…. If there is a lockout they are headed down a road of doom and gloom for a long time.. I as a Canadian will always come back to hockey, however the American folks not soo much…

  4. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    there is almost a 0% chance in another lock out but anything can happen… I think it’s crazy the players are in the 57% range as it should be near the 50 because no matter what this is a business and owners are taking the risk. With profit sharing the way it is, this isn’t a huge deal but I’m sure Toronto and a few other markets get annoyed… Also with the “new” realignment, TV contracts should go up by a HUGE chunk of change seeing as teams will be playing more games in their time zone, causing more fans to watch games that aren’t at 9:30 or blah blah blah… more fans watching, more $$$ for the owners. we’ll see what happens

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