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Friday, June 03, 2005

nhl- Still Talking

from Larry Brooks and the NY Post, The good news is that she went slow but steady in yesterday's lengthy meeting in Toronto between the NHL and NHLPA, with the sides set to go back at it again today.
The bad news is, well ... there doesn't seem to be any of substantial note. And that's the good news, too.
There were no knockdown pitches thrown by either side, no hints of betrayal. Still, there is much complex work to be accomplished before the league and union can announce an agreement that will end the lockout and allow the NHL to reopen for business.
For instance, a methodology defining calculation of revenue must still be agreed upon before the parties can negotiate the specific parameters of a hard cap.
The Levitt Report upon which the league has relied allocates club suite revenues on a percentage basis according to total building attendance; e.g., if the Senators account hypothetically for 70-percent of the attendance in their building, Levitt reports 70-percent of the total suite revenue to Ottawa, but if, say, the Kings account for 30-percent of the attendance at Staples, LA is allotted 30-percent of the arena's suite revenue under NHL URO reporting.
The union has argued that regardless of attendance figures, 40-percent of suite revenue should be allotted to NHL franchises that share buildings with NBA clubs, with 40-percent to the basketball team and 20-percent for other events. It's believed the PA has proposed that one-team franchises should be credited with 80-percent of the revenue.
There are similar issues relating to reporting of concessions and in-arena advertising monies that must be resolved before the parties can begin to negotiate how to split the revenue. As well, the sides must agree to the numerous and varied mechanics of administering the cap.
For example, there is a debate regarding whether teams would be permitted to be over the cap at any time during the off-season — with the establishment of a compliant date, say, 10 days before the beginning of training camp — or whether teams would have to remain under the cap at all times.
Question: How will the CBA treat teams kicked over the cap through salary arbitration awards? That's a major issue.
It is neither God nor the Devil that is in the details, merely the entire CBA. Which is why, though a deal is in sight, one still needs a high-powered lens to quite see the finished product.