NHL Deal: Too little too late?
After months of acrimony, lost revenues and frustration among fans ... the National Hockey League and its players finally have a tentative agreement to get back on the ice. The deal was announced early yesterday morning -- on the 113th day of the lockout -- after a roller-coaster, all-night bargaining session. If it's ratified the season could begin within two weeks.
The tentative collective bargaining agreement would run for 10 years with an opt-out option after 8 years. It would see owners and players split revenues 50/50. And it would cap salaries at $64.3-million US per team next year.
But despite the breakthrough, some say the lockout caused so much damage it will be hard for the NHL to fully recover.
So is this too little ... to late? We were joined by three people to hash this out
Bruce Dowbiggin is a sports columnist with The Globe & Mail author of The Meaning of Puck: How Hockey Explains Modern Canada. He joined us from Calgary.
And Ellen Etchingham is a hockey fan and blogger who contributes to theScore's hockey blog Backhand Shelf. She was in our Toronto studio.
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Last Word - Rick Mercer Rant on the NHL
We've been talking about the apparent end to the latest NHL lockout. So the Last Word today goes to Rick Mercer and his rant What the Hell Happened to Hockey? It aired on CBC Television's The Rick Mercer Report during the last NHL lockout ... way back in January 2005.
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