After a series of meetings on the weekend about non-core issues, the NHL and NHLPA sat down today to take a stab at hockey related revenues and the percentage each side should get.
Well any hope that we'd be getting closer to a deal by now can be squashed. Chris Botta from Sports Business Journal has more:
Bill Daly: "No progress to report. No progress was made."— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) October 2, 2012
Daly estimates that lost preseason cost the NHL $100 million.— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) October 2, 2012
Bill Daly on NHLPA: "Unless they show some willingness to compromise, I don't know how we get this done."— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) October 2, 2012
With no progress, no meetings scheduled, no compromises, NHL CBA meetings have essentially been recessed.@sbjsbd— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) October 2, 2012
I expect NHL to cancel games in the next 24 hours. Contrary to some reports, league might not go easy.— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) October 2, 2012
As has been the case throughout the battle, the PA is coming to meetings, but refusing to move from their opening position. Both sides continue to play the PR game for now and it seems that neither is that interested in getting a deal done.
There were suggestions that after the league lost the revenue boon of the preseason, and since the next thing to do is to begin canceling the actual games where players are making salaries, that the two sides would have some impetus to get a deal done, or at least feel some pressure. As it stands, we're clearly not at a breaking point yet.
Both sides seem content to hold out on their positions and lose money, while NHL workers are out of work, and fan frustrations continue to rise.