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Fehr, Bettman had more private talks Saturday

Sep 29, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

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As we previously reported, the union and NHL met on Saturday to continue the CBA negotiations. However, NHLPA boss Donald Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman also talked in private on Saturday, according to the Detroit Free Press.

“I spent a few minutes with Gary talking about the overall situation, and we agreed to keep in touch,” Fehr said.

Fehr later added, “I am not going to talk about the specifics, but in general we’re trying to discuss how do we find a way to make an agreement. How do we bridge the gap on the major issues that are between us.”

Fehr said the union has given the NHL “several different ideas to consider about how to lengthen the agreement to how to be more in line with what they wanted.”

On Friday, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said, “We need some kind of sign that they are prepared to compromise their economic position because we haven’t had that since Aug. 14.”

The NHL is seeking to reduce the player’s share of hockey-related revenue, which was at 57% in the old CBA. Saturday’s meeting touched on the definition of hockey-related revenue, which Fehr feels is significant because it gives them an indication of how big of a pie they’re splitting.

Those private talks might end up being what pushes us towards a new CBA, but only time will tell. Either way, them meeting is better than the alternative.

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Sep 29, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    I’m guessing it went something like this…

    Fehr: “Hey, Gary, how does 57% sound?”

    Bettman: “Screw you, 47%”

    Fehr: “No dice.”

    Bettman “I’ll ask again tomorrow.”

  2. biffnasty - Sep 29, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    can anyone provide bettmas telephone #/email/address?

  3. kalfut321 - Sep 29, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Does he have a twitter acct.

  4. kalfut321 - Sep 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Does he have a twitter acct?

  5. firemarshal1 - Sep 29, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    To All Parties Involved:

    Please work out an agreement that both parties can work with.

    First year of the agreement 52% players 48% owners
    Second year of the agreement 51% players 49% owners
    Third year of the agreement 50% players/50% owners
    Fourth year of the agreement 1% split evenly for Total Hockey Revenue, for stadium renovations (49.5% Players 49.5% Owners)
    Fifth year of the agreement 2% split evenly for Total Hockey Revenue, for stadium renovations (49% Players 49% Owners)
    Sixth year of the agreement remains the same as the Fifth year, 49% players, 49% owners, and 2% for stadium renovations, with possible “give backs to the players” if stadium renovations is NOT utilized.
    The 2% is the key, it makes owners invest in their arenas, thus improving fan attendent and revenue for all parties involved.

    Make the agreement, 10 years in length with major penalties for re-openers. To allow for future growth for Televison contracts and sponsorships for the league and it’s players.

    What’s wrong with that??? Everybody wins little bit in the deal. No clear cut winner.

    Just offering a solution.

    • tatdue - Sep 29, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      @firemarshal1 – Just one question for you….Who do you think that you are lobbying to? Maybe you should be trying to push your agenda to your municipal government or maybe to the NHL if your resume will get you the audience but to keep at this on this site??? What do you really expect to accomplish? Do you think that Bettman and Fehr are reading this looking for possible ways to make all tax payers happy while they are trying to get this CBA worked out or maybe you think that you are going to start a revolution and everybody that reads about your “stadium renovations” idea will go marching in the streets demanding that it be implemented…lol…..You don’t even watch hockey, you can tell just by the way that you write….”Make the agreement, 10 years in length with major penalties for re-openers. To allow for future growth for Television contracts and sponsorship’s for the league and it’s players”….This is professional sports…nobody re-opens a CBA and “sponsorship’s”? What are you even talking about? Oh and by the way they play in arenas not stadiums….Take your crap to city hall already and leave sites like this for the fans….

      • supercoop8 - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM

        You asked him more than one question. If he didn’t watch hockey he wouldn’t be here. What do you hope hope to accomplish by posting lengthy replies ripping lengthy comments??

  6. cosmoandmelovepens - Sep 29, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Now would be a good time to resurrect Henry Clay.

  7. firemarshal1 - Sep 29, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Hey TATDUE,

    I’m just a season ticketholder, who’s paying your dip$hit salary. It’s an opinion and AMERICA, the NFL has a 10 year contract with the NFLPA with annual revenues of 9 billion dollars. Do you think the longer this lockout goes on it’s going help YOUR cause???????????? Child Please!

    Hey TATDICK, why don’t you offer a solution?????????

    • tatdue - Sep 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      What the hell kind of reply is that? Do you take drugs? You are no season ticket holder and I’d really like to know how, if you actually were, you are paying my salary being that I’m a tattoo artist…What’s going on in that tiny deluded mind of yours? Why are you carrying on about the NFL now and I never had a cause…Oh and nice language, what are you a 2 year old…Grow up already…

  8. greatminnesotasportsmind - Sep 29, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    At least all season ticket holders are happy for the moment. They don’t have to pay full price preseason games. In case you were looking for a bright side

    • manchestermiracle - Sep 30, 2012 at 1:05 AM

      That’s like finding a flashlight with dead batteries in the depths of a very dark tunnel. Not much of a bright side, but thanks for trying.

  9. manchestermiracle - Sep 30, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Ah, yes, another $300 lunch to write off of the taxes….

  10. manchestermiracle - Sep 30, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    “Brunch tomorrow, Donald?”
    “Sure, Gary, I know this nice place downtown that has $50 mimosas.”

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