The unfortunate thing is that so many negotiations don't go well unless there is some sort of deadline or external pressure. When people are trying to buy cars, why do they threaten to walk away and go to a different dealer? You want the dealer to move towards your demands. When people are buying a house, why will people perhaps pay more than they wanted to avoid a bidding war? Pressure from other buyers means they might lose the house. You need some sort of external pressure sometimes to get things done. What's going to motivate the players to negotiate? Missing paychecks.
If the NHL doesn't use the lockout, what pressure do they have to put on the NHLPA to get a deal done? Like I said before, if the NHL had agreed to play the season with a pledge for no strikes or lockouts, what is going to motivate the NHLPA to negotiate? A no-strike pledge would have taken away a lot of the players leverage in that case. If the owners know the players can't strike, what motivates the owners to work for a deal that the players think is favorable? Does anyone think a deal would have been reached if they agreed to play this season under the old CBA? The owners demands wouldn't have changed. I don't think the players willingness to accept a rollback in salaries or contract limits would have changed either. The issues still would be the same whenever negotiations got heated.
At the end of the day, both sides need to fix some things. The owners screwed the system up because there is an inherit need to outsmart and take advantage of any angle to be the best teams. The players go along with it because their interest is in making as much money as they can while they can. Neither side is looking out for making sure the game is running smoothly. So, now we have owners saying they're losing money after three or so years of escalating revenue that tripled where it was before the last lockout and players saying that they gave last time so they shouldn't have to again.
Give credit to the owners for trying to fix their latest round of mistakes and give credit to the players for going to the 50/50 split. The biggest issue is that neither side really made any sort of effort until games were already being canceled. We've literally gotten to a point now where the players are being stubborn and not giving in on certain things that should be obvious for the long term health of the league because they know it means no more balloon payments. So, while I was on the players side at the start of this, I've moved to the other side at this point. They're playing chicken now and holding out to "win" instead of recognizing that the deal is not too bad and they're likely going to end up doing just fine over 10 years.
CBA meetings between NHL and NHLPA that are to take place at undisclosed location WILL involve a mediator. #TSN
11 Dec 12 Reply
Bill Daly confirms via email that federal mediator(s) will be involved in Wednesday's meeting.
11 Dec 12 Reply
I'm looking forward to when the season is cancelled so I can get on with my life....
Already registered for classes assuming they are just going to scrap the season.