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Bettman: “I hope it’s clear that our intention is to make a deal”

Aug 29, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

Gary Bettman AP

Contrary to Zach Parise‘s comments, Gary Bettman claims that the owners want to wrap up a new CBA.

Renaud P. Lavoie has the quote:

“I hope it’s clear that our intention is to make a deal,” Bettman said. “We hope it’s fair.”

Speaking of “fair,” Bettman also discussed the much-debated league revenue issue.

“You need to consider what’s fair because we run the league at 43 percent of the revenues,” Bettman said.

If you want more specifics, here is how Bettman described how players’ shares would be handled through the first three years:

Bettman said that salaries are likely to go up after that third season.

The money quote came when Bettman said that the league’s latest proposal “moved more money” than the NHLPA’s counter, as Travis Hughes collected.

“Our counter-proposal was more significant that the NHLPA proposal,” Bettman said. “The counter-proposal moved more money than the initial proposal made by the players’ association.”

Agent Allan Walsh provided this counter-argument, though:

Stay tuned as the debates about escrow and “hockey-related revenue” – among other things – continue.


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  1. millertime30 - Aug 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    The offer makes it very clear that he really wants at least 3 or 4 fans to side w/ the owners in this dispute.

    • elemeno89 - Aug 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      just a few things i feel the need to express. feel free to disagree, i just have to vent to people who know what the h – e – double hockey sticks is going on.

      1.) this guy is a huge butthole.

      2.) while i do think its fair that the owners and the players think its fair that they split the revenues 50-50 (which it will become; without the owners the players have no job, without the players the owners can’t make money, chicken or the egg argument there) the salary cap lowering is stupid, especially when teams are signing players despite the negotiations ongoing.

  2. kotteintheslot - Aug 29, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    How dumb does this guy think we all are?

  3. DTF31 - Aug 29, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Here is a better paraphrase.

    “We gave them more percent from less of the thing you draw percent from”

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      LMAO…yes, I think? Maybe? I…well…what?

  4. xaf605 - Aug 29, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Yep, i smell lockout

  5. windmiller4 - Aug 29, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Just cause bettman wants to make a deal doesn’t mean he wants it to be fair for both sides

  6. rushledger - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    If the NHL gets lockouts at all he should lose his job. 2 lockouts in less than 2 decades with the NHL plus another one on his resume it be a crime to not fire him if it happens.

    • phillyphanatic76 - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      Two lockouts in less than a decade. The 04-05 lockout, as much as it sucked, was actually somewhat necessary to revamp the game. But this one is purely, 100% about GREED by the already wealthy owners and to a certain degree the players. However, you cannot fault the players, who create the product, for taking the ridiculous contracts being handed out by ownerships. And then Bettman and the owners have the gall to turn around and force a lockout of a blossoming league because they don’t like the checks they’ve been writing? The fans are by far the biggest losers in all this. If they wanna start somewhere with revenue sharing.. fire Bettman and redistribute his $8mil yearly salary to kick things off.

      • madman69 - Aug 30, 2012 at 8:25 AM

        Already wealthy owners? You must live in a trailer and have cletus over on days Nascar isn’t on to watch your boys skate on the slippery stuff…oh wait, you’re a philly fan…same difference. There were only about ten team that were NOT in the red last year. How would you feel if we took about 17% of your minimum wage job away for no reason? you’d probably hold out and get another job right? Comments like yours can make Taylor Hall look smart.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:19 PM

        And comments like yours make you look as ignorant as bettman looks like a jacka$$

      • phillyphanatic76 - Sep 2, 2012 at 12:01 AM

        Okay madman69 thanks for being completely offensive for absolutely no reason. You are the slack-jawed yokel if you’re questioning whether NHL owners are wealthy or not. In case you cannot comprehend this fact because your parents are first cousins I will spell it out for you: if you own a professional sports franchise, then YES that means you are already beyond wealthy. Just because your franchise is losing money doesn’t mean that you aren’t financially well-off to begin with. Pretty much every NHL owner has numerous financial investments and not every single investment will be in the black all of the time. Most of the franchises struggling the most are that way because Bettman has expanded into too many non-traditional hockey markets where the average sports fans just don’t care enough to spend $50 per ticket for nose bleed seats. Although I have nothing against franchises like Tampa Bay, Florida, Carolina, Nashville, Phoenix, Atlanta (moved away twice), Columbus, and even California teams struggling financially (i.e. San Jose) they are never going to be hugely successful hockey markets unless they are extremely successful year-in and year-out. And as San Jose’s financial problems show even being successful doesn’t guarantee profit. Unnecessary expansion has diluted the talent league-wide and created financial black holes for ALREADY WEALTHY business men who have purchased those franchises. Why don’t you think before you throw around belligerently unintelligent and insulting comments. And fyi, most Philadelphia fans are well-informed and knowledgeable about the 4 major sports and nowhere near as obnoxious as you.

  7. getadealdonealready - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    NO! It is not clear, you know how you could make it clear, get a deal done already!

    Dear Mr Bettman,

    I hope it is clear to your that fans are fed up with the greed, and if you miss time this year, you will lose some of us forever!

    Please show us you are serious about taking care of the fans, for once.


    Frustrated NHL fan

  8. dannythebisforbeast - Aug 29, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Cause fans by owners jerseys, show up to eat and drink while they watch the owners, by t shirts ,programs,hats etc. all because they love how the owners put on a show.

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:59 AM


  9. jimw81 - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    If Bettman is so interested in making a deal, stop having meetings twice week in Toronto one week and in new York another week.

    I’ll give bettman this, if there was little momentum in talks at this stage. it’s important that both Fehr and bettman meet everyday from this point forward, clock is ticking…..

  10. manchestermiracle - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Yes, Mr. Bettman, I believe everyone is clear on the fact you want to make a deal. On YOUR terms. Oh, you forgot to add that part? Glad to help….

  11. bcsteele - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    I’m surprised he hasn’t asked the players to just play for free yet…

    I can’t stand this guy.

  12. dannythebisforbeast - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    It’s clear Bettman looks like an idiot in every picture I see of him.

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