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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

nhl- BOG Meeting next Week

from Stan Fishcler and MSG Network, IT is about to happen.
IT -- big-league hockey's peace pact -- is being tied together in a neat package as we speak.
My sources tell me that next Monday (July 11) an ownership Executive Committee meeting will be convened in New York by commissioner Gary Bettman.
At that time, seven or eight of the executive committee members will prepare the final collective bargaining agreement document for presentation to the 30 owners later in the week for final ratification.
Although some big market teams may be unhappy with aspects of the completed CBA, all 30 are expected to approve the pact.
In addition, it must be approved by the NHL Players' Association membership. If all plans jell, ratification is possible by the middle of next week or the following week at the latest.
What you should know is this: never in the history of professional sports has a group of negotiators worked so intensively and so hard for so long as representatives of the NHL and its Players’ Association....continued...