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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

nhl- Bogging Down?

via the NY Post, NHL brass may have been a touch annoyed yesterday when it didn't have a deal to bring to its executive committee of owners.
The league is said to have been frustrated that the Players Association didn't bend the other knee in abject submission as the sides worked to codify a collective bargaining agreement that will only be regarded as a massive triumph for management.
The process of putting concepts and issues into legal verbiage is expected to continue as the sides seek a complete document to present to their constituents.
There was a suggestion yesterday that the process had got bogged down as the union resisted the league on some issues, perhaps digging in its heels after players began reacting to the scope of their concessions.
On the other side, there was the suggestion that the league was turning the screws on the union, trying to wrest further concessions from the players.
In all, the passing of yesterday's league executive committee meeting with only updates and feedback, rather than the delivery of a deal, appears to push the timeframe for a tentative agreement to the end of this week, if not next week.