The NHL Winter Classic already has been cancelled. The All-Star Game can’t be far off.
Donald Fehr, NHLPA executive director, said the union’s latest offer is “about as good as we can do.”
That includes a 50-50 split in hockey-related revenue; players had a 57 percent share in the last collective bargaining agreement. But the players asked the league to add $182 million to its make-whole proposal (the league was offering $211 million) to ensure players don’t lose money off existing contracts.
The players’ proposal also had safeguards built in to protect them in case revenue fell because of the lockout.
“What happens next … the answer is, I don’t know,” Fehr said.
After taking Thursday off for Thanksgiving, the league and union were expected to head back to the negotiating table Friday.