Morning Free Association: About the Season…

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It always happens. I write about something with the most recent information, some 3 weeks old, and then brand-spanking new stuff comes out directly contradicting that previously known.

Yesterday, Pierre LeBrun tweeted that the NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA head honcho Don Fehr had talked recently to break the silence.

Apparently the two men spoke about 3 times over the past week with each wanting to commit to a season starting in January. However, there has been no movement on official plans.

Again, this has everything to do with money. At a virtual conference for Sports Business Journal’s Dealmakers in Sports, Bettman insisted that the owners are not trying to renegotiate the new CBA but are trying to get their fair share.

“Whatever the revenues are, the players only get 50 percent,” Commissioner Bettman said. “And if we overpay them and they don’t pay us back in the short term, they have to pay us back over time. There will be stresses on the system, and we’ve had discussions about what those stresses are and how they might be dealt with, but we’re not trying to say you must do X, Y and Z. We’re trying to look for ways to continue to work together.

“I know it’s being portrayed as something else, and it’s unfortunate and it’s inaccurate, because at the end of the day, if the system gets stressed, it’s going to be stressed for both of us.

“If we have to pay out lots of cash, two-thirds of which is going to come back to us, that may cause some stress, but we’ll have to deal with it if we’re going to move forward. And by the same token, if the players owe us more money than anybody imagined, the salary cap could be flat or close to flat for the next five or six years, and players into the future will be repaying what we’re owed.

“So the [situation] isn’t like, well, we demand a renegotiation. To the contrary, it’s we see the way the system is going to be impacted. Is it something that makes sense to deal with in the context of everything else that we may have to do, which is out of the ordinary and unanticipated, in order to be in a position to possibly play?”

The funny thing is, the players don’t see it that way. They see the owners going back on their deal, the one they approved and signed, and the ask of having them pay more now is renegotiating. Perhaps the league was too optimistic when looking at revenue sharing for the next few years through the pandemic and beyond. Maybe they just hastily agreed to a deal to get the players back in so that they didn’t renege on their television broadcast rights. Maybe a little from column A and a little from column B.

bit of both

Bettman admitted that the league doesn’t expect to have in-person attendance until 2021-2022 as a best case scenario with proper vaccine distribution. Of course, that will drag out further the financial matters of deferment and escrow.

Bettman acknowledged that there will probably be no travel between the Canada and the US. Even if it were permitted, 10-14 day quarantine periods before and after would be impossible to maintain during a season of 82 games.

So, there may be a season of some determinable length sometime in the next year ad it all depends on whether either side budges or leaves it as it is.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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If I can paraphrase, “Technically, we’re trying to renegotiate something that is not exactly defined in the text of the CBA but has a well understood history and set of assumptions, so don’t say we’re trying to renegotiate.”

I can see the reasons for that which they are trying to do, but they are absolutely being assholes about it.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. No cows this morning.
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The London Bear
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The London Bear

Have you checked the basement?

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Good point! I thought it was the upstairs neighbor going down the stairs in his ski boots, but could be a cow!

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Good Morning!
That Forrest Gump gif that Sis posted yesterday was as close to what actually happened as can be. I was messaging like a madman… ” I can come play now! ” It was like that moment when your parents release you from “your grounded, mister!”
Just play the games, folks. We can recount the money later.
they should just face the fact – no bodies in the buildings means less dough. They can’t get it from us, we’re all broke. Do youse want to play…. or don’tcha?

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Morning folks,

I had a fab morning. A vase threw itself off the shelf as I walked past (it had tried the same trick yesterday but I caught it. No luck this time). Then when I turned on my computer to start work it went into a Blue Screen of Death and I had to call IT (of course, turning it off and back on again fixed the issue!)

Hope the league sort out these money squabbles. It doesn’t mean much to me. I don’t even know what escrow means.

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Pretty sure escrow is the rap name for the Scarecrow. Rising rap artist.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Ahhhh. Thanks for clearing that up! lol

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Are you living in a Stephen King novel right now? lol