After a summer of swirling rumors, NHL fans had their worst fears confirmed—a 2012 NHL lockout. However, there are numerous factors suggesting that an NHL season will almost certainly resume before the 2012 Winter Classic.
The main issue for the current lockout circulates around the 57 percent of NHL revenue that the players currently make. NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman, wants this number to drop to 46 percent, which would increase the owners' share of the revenue from 43 percent to 54 percent.
Bettman is hopping on the lockout bandwagon after seeing both the NBA and the NFL recently go into lockouts.
“In two other leagues, the N.B.A. and the N.F.L., their players have recognized that in these economic times, there is a need to retrench,” Bettman said (via the New York Times).
The players, represented by the NHLPA and its leader Donald Fehr, do not feel that they should have to endure another pay cut.
“From the players’ standpoint, it’s the owners’ insistence that after seven years of record revenues and massive concessions the last time, they want the players to take another significant, absolute rollback in their compensation,” Fehr said (via the New York Times).
For the third lockout in 20 years, all of which have transpired during Bettman’s time as commissioner, the players and the owners will push and pull to come to terms. However, there is more on the table during this lockout than either of the previous two—the NHL cannot afford to hold out.
Here are five reasons why the 2012-13 season will resume before the start of the 2013 Winter Classic.