NHL Lockout: Owners and Players Must Sign a New Deal Soon or It'll Be Too Late

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NHL Lockout: Owners and Players Must Sign a New Deal Soon or It'll Be Too Late
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The NHL season is in risk of being lost if the NHL and NHLPA can't come up with a new CBA agreement soon. Worse, both sides are standing firm on their ideas of how a new CBA agreement should be constructed.

Bitterness, and possibly even ego, have taken over the NHL lockout, both parties can't even agree on when and where to meet.

It's disappointing to see this after the NHL was showing record profits and an increasing fanbase. For a game that was growing so fast, this will surely halt and even destroy that progress.

A deal looked to be in place when the owners pitched a 50/50 split in revenue and a full 82-game season to the cautious eyes of the players. NHLPA chief Donald Fehr said that the 50/50 split in revenue was a good start, but only if all current contracts are honored in full.

Johnathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks was very critical of the proposed deal, saying that the NHL should of pitched that before they canceled games.

The proposed deal was taken off the table and both sides are currently stalled as optimism falls for the prospect of games being played this season.

Time is running out, both the NHL and NHLPA know they need to come up with a new CBA.

These are the five reasons why NHL owners and players must sign a new deal soon or it'll be too late.

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