While there is absolutely no guarantees that the federal mediators will be fruitful in helping end the lockout that has claimed all games through December 14th, including the Winter Classic and All-Star Game/Weekend, this is a step in the right direction.
As soon as the call was received, mediators Scot Beckenbaugh and John Sweeney were assigned by Director-George Cohen. They are tasked to help the National Hockey League, and the Player’s Association resolve their differences in coming to a Collective Bargaining Agreement.
No one knows how long the process will go on for, but there is plenty to sort through as far as what the NHL, PA, owners, and fans want going forward from this process. I would say for fans, we want some assurances that a lockout can never happen again.
For owners, they need to show why they need the concessions from the players. Record revenues are being achieved, but yet they want a rollback in what the salary cap is. They also want atleast a 50-50 split on the revenues the league/teams takes in seasonally.
Player’s have decided to take the 50-50 split of revenue, but to achieve it some other concessions (example: contract rollbacks) must be completed. The player’s are being told they are employees of teams and the National Hockey League… and, rightfully so.
The National Hockey League just wants to resolve this so they can get back to doing what they do best… play hockey!!!
There is no guarantee the mediators will be able to achieve resolution, but atleast all parties have realized they are not going anywhere fast with getting towards a new CBA. Maybe fresh ideas will come out of it, Maybe not…
We shall see… starting on Wednesday.