NHL CBA: Bettman Requests Two-Week Moratorium

   on November 16 2012 11:55 AM
NHL CBA: Bettman Requests Two-Week Moratorium

 

Gary Bettman contacted NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr with a request that he didn't want to hear. Bettman requested a two week moratorium, essentially a break in talks. Donalds' brother and players association member Steve Fehr took his anger out with a statement following the request. He said "The players have offered the owners concessions worth about a billion dollars. What exactly have the owners offered the players? We believe that it is more likely that we will make progress if we meet than if we don't. So we are ready to meet." Steve Fehr also noted that this would be the third time in three months that the league has stopped talks for a period of time. A two week break of talks, at this point doesn't appear to be the most brilliant idea this far into the lockout. A two week break would lead to most of December, if not all of December to be cancelled. Last week it seemed like a December 1st start date was likely, but since then talks have shut down. A Moratorium imposed by the league would show that they truly are in no rush to make this season a reality. If only one side is urgent in getting the 2012-13 NHL season resumed, how can anybody expect a deal to get done? Does the NHL union think that in two weeks, at the first meeting since the break that a deal will magically be put together? If that's their thought process, then the odds of the entire season being cancelled increase dramatically. The NHL union continues to find ways to look more and more like the villains as each day passes.