Among today’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines: NHL & NHLPA still talking but no new negotiations planned, both sides suggest framework for a deal is in place, concern over the lockout’s effect upon the NHL’s Sun Belt franchises, and the latest Phoenix Coyotes news.
ASSOCIATED PRESS (VIA BUFFALO NEWS): Talks between NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Stephen Fehr continued Sunday, but no new official negotiations between the league and the PA are scheduled.
NATIONAL POST: Daly and Fehr suggested a framework for a possible deal exists, based upon what each side recently presented last week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An erroneous report made the rounds Sunday on Twitter claiming the NHLPA had accepted the NHL’s 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue (HRR)proposal. That is not true. The story’s author may have been confused over reports by several pundits pointing out the two sides appear on the same page in terms of such a division of HRR (based upon the proposals made by both sides last week), but it’s a question of how they achieve it.
ESPN.COM’S Pierre LeBrun reported the following on Sunday via Twitter: “Spoke with a team exec who says there’s either a labor deal this week or there’s no season. Not sure it’s that clear-cut but who knows…”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No disrespect to LeBrun, but I think his source is trying to pressure the NHLPA into accepting the league’s offer this week. Seems a tad much to make such a prediction when there would still be plenty of time to work out a new deal which would still allow hockey for this season, albeit in a shortened season.
NEW YORK TIMES: Jeff Z. Klein with a short biography of NHLPA director Donald Fehr.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Dave Molinari wonders what effect this NHL lockout could have upon the league’s struggling Sun Belt franchises.
FORBES.COM: Dan Bigman explains why there are so many labor conflicts in professionals sports, and what to do about them.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Glendale mayor Elaine Scruggs makes the case for letting the Phoenix Coyotes go, suggesting it would be better to save the city’s popular festivals which are in danger of being cut than paying millions to keep the Coyotes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This situation is a nightmare for Glendale, but one of its own making, or rather, of its city council’s making. It’ll cost them millions to keep the money-losing Coyotes, but if they cut the franchise loose, they’ll be stuck with a large arena lacking an anchor tenant. From a economic standpoint, they should go with whatever options costs them the least, and if that means letting the Coyotes go, so be it. I know Coyotes fans won’t like it, but if I were a member of the city council, and if more money could be saved over the long run by letting the team go, I’d vote for that.