Morning Free Association: Will There Even be a Season?

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It’s December 2nd and there still is no word on the NHL’s 2020-2021 regular season. Commissioner Gary Bettman had stated in the past that the situation is fluid with the league considering many options as to how to play the season fully and safely, even stating that the year may start one way (without fans or with minimal fan attendance) and end another way. He also stated that the league was hoping to start on January 1st. So what’s the deal?

Well, it’s complicated because the owners want to change the deal, the CBA that is. As I explained once before in Boring Word Problems, the CBA terms had been agreed to so that the team owners and the players would move money around to ensure a 50-50 profit sharing scheme. Of course, when teams incur financial losses, like they will this season and possibly further out, players have to give up more of their cut in the form of salary deferment and escrow for future determination. Even though a new multi-year CBA was signed by the NHL and NHLPA before the resume of play in July, the league wants to alter the terms of the CBA due to financial issues. Namely, should play resume without in-person attendance, the players will be making more money than the owners.

Players are angry that owners are pulling this move to restructure the escrow agreement. The original was 10% salary deferment to be paid out in 3 installments over the 2022-2025 with escrow capped at 20%. The owners want to renege and renegotiate and they have floated two ideas: The first idea involves deferred salary at 20% escrow capped at 25% with no changes to further seasons; the second increases salary deferment to 26% for this season and increases escrow to 8.5% in the final three years of the CBA. Neither of these are palatable for the players who want to make sure they get something in return. Players are upset that owners are trying to change the terms because — were the parties reversed — there’s little chance the the owners would even entertain it.

There are some owners who would like to call the season off entirely. Gary Bettman insists there will be a season and wants a full one at that, with or without live audiences. Of course, attendance depends upon the region and city in which a team plays. Teams in Florida or Dallas might be able to have limited attendance depending upon regional restrictions. Still, that would be very limited due to social distancing measures. Even with the new vaccines that could be distributed in the next year, herd immunity will be a long way off making live hockey viewing still a dangerous proposition.

If teams will be starting up in the new year, they need at least 2 weeks for a training camp which would presumably start by mid-December. Seven teams left out of the playoff bubbles will require additional time, about a week, to prepare: San Jose, Los Angeles, Detroit, Buffalo, New Jersey, Anaheim, and Ottawa. So, if there’s a plan, it should be announced soon.

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On a long hold with Aetna for a Medicare Supplement policy so I bought a Trixie & Katya face mask and a Katya sweat shirt. Someone need to pick up so I stop spending money,
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I’d love to hear them comment on “on hold” music.

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Morning all Cow update: Turns out they did got get loose, it was intentional. They were there again this morning. This time I saw their owner herding them.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Morning all.

Britain has become the first country to approve the vaccine! We begin next week. Finally something to be proud of my homeland for (although you’d struggle to find anyone less patriotic than me).

Thing is, even if they’re able to administer two jabs every second it would take 30 years to vaccinate a billion people. Hopefully the world can work rather quicker than that!

I think the sensible thing for the NHL is to bin off this season, then have a World Cup of hockey or similar tournament in the summer before a full 2021-22 season. Ease back into it, drum up more interest from the public.

Quaider4everwash
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I like the World Cup idea! Must be done sooner rather than later, though. Starts in mid January, goes on for weeks!

Satan 81's Sister
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That idea works for me.
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Though I think I was one of the few that enjoyed the World Cup of Hockey. I thought it was fun!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I liked the World Cup of Hockey, with the weird team structure, though I think most of that was the novelty of it all.

Quaider4everwash
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some of the world cups of the past were awesome. ’96 is some of the best hockey ever. Especially that final!!! I guess it’s lost some juice in an age where the NHL is so international personnelwise.the canada cup didn’t suck either.

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Yeah, the homogenization of international hockey has dulled some of the fascination of these tourneys in recent years. It was really must-see hockey when the Eastern-bloc countries would participate in Canada Cup or Olympics during the cold war!

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Thing is, even if they’re able to administer two jabs every second it would take 30 years to vaccinate a billion people. Hopefully the world can work rather quicker than that!

Well, in the U.S. we have >90% vaccination rate for Measles/Mumps/Rubella, as it is required for attendance at public schools in most States – that’s a lot of 4 year olds. And the annual flu vaccine gets administered to around 50% of adults, so places with lots of doctors can absolutely vaccinate the majority of residents and will probably get close to desired rates within 6 months to 1 year. Especially in areas where the governments make vaccination mandatory, or prerequisite for some other service.

However, even with 50% flu vaccine take-up, we still lose 20,000-40,000 people per year (out of around 330 million residents), so that means we really do need to get the vaccination numbers up pretty high.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Well that sounds pretty promising. They need to clamp down on that fake news!

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Good Morning!!
Will there be a season? Who knows, but when you sign a deal – stick to it! Mega rich people only want one thing…. more. It would be nice to watch hockey again, even if we can’t attend in person.
Got on the river yesterday, finally. The Shepaug is a real gem. It flows through the hills of western Connecticut with few signs of civilization along it’s banks. It only flows occasionally, often a one day window to boat. Finished in the dark, surprising the few hikers still out on the trails. Glorious!!

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Jo’s second test also negative. Don’t that not appear to be a double negative? I thought as much!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I aint never heard nuthin like that!

Satan 81's Sister
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Live shot of Joe as soon as Jo’s test came back negative:
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The London Bear
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It flows through the hills of western Connecticut with few signs of civilization along it’s banks

Sounds fantastic.

But keep an ear out for banjo music!

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Yeah, but western Connecticut is fairly affluent.
“He sure got a purty tax shelter, ain’t he?”

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The part of the river we generally run goes through Washington, CT. There is a gentleman’s(richer than God mofo’s) farm along the way. They have a vineyard, make some wine, and have horses. Other than that and one or two other houses, the river runs through the Steep Rock Preservation Association. Beautiful trails, a suspension bridge for hikers that must have cost several hundred thousand dollars. There is plenty of dough in Litchfield County.