New NHL CBA Proposal Would Slowly Phase In New Split Of Revenues

CHICAGO - MAY 28: National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks at a press conference at the United Center on May 28, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

A new NHL CBA proposal offers a phasing-in of a new revenue split that would ultimately tilt in favor of ownership.

The NHL offered up a new collective bargaining proposal on Tuesday, and while the full details remain unknown, some information about the league's proposed split of hockey-related revenue (HRR) has come out. The league's deal would phase in a new revenue split, with the players getting 52 percent of HRR in year one, followed by a 50-50 split in year two, with the players' share continuing to decrease each year.

The initial NHL proposal called for a 57-43 split in favor of the owners, while the NHL Players' Association's initial proposal offered to roll back salaries but establish a 54-46 revenue split in favor of the players. The current CBA gives players 57 percent of HRR.

The new proposal could be seen as a bit of a compromise, but as a union source has said, the NHL's new CBA proposal is basically the same thing as their old one with a few things moved around. If the revenue split ends up in the same place as the NHL's original proposal after just a few years, it's unlikely the NHLPA will see this new deal as the same great step forward that commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL's owners do.

For more on the NHL and its CBA negotiations, be sure to stay tuned to this StoryStream.

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