Sunday, November 06, 2005

CBA Not Done Yet

I have wondered a couple times why the NHL has not released the CBA yet. It turns out the reason is that it is not complete yet. The News Observer from Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina is reporting this.

So it is now over three months since the CBA has been agreed upon and there is no final CBA. Players and owners have agreed in principle to the ideas, but their lawyers are still fighting out about how exactly to dot the i's and cross the t's. This is one problem that comes from trying to completely reset the rules of the NHL. It takes a long time to do it. In fact, it takes so long that they have played games for about a month and they still do not have a final CBA.

They haven't finished the document and we see some serious problems already. Problems like $75,000 waiver problem and players being sent to the minors on offdays to save their salaries versus the salary cap.

This makes the NHL look even more poorly run then I had previously thought.

The $75,000 waiver rule and the fly-the-guy-across-the-country-and-back type stuff hurts both the owners and the players. If they had any brains, they would amend that portion of the CBA while they still can.
PS: I'm glad to know why the CBA hasn't been released yet. Thanks. I was hoping to score a copy one of these years.
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