June 1, 2011; Vancouver, BC, CANADA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks at a press conference before game one of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Lockout Watch: NHL's Second Proposal

On Tuesday, the NHL made it’s second proposal to the NHLPA to try to agree to a new CBA. However, one report coming from Comcast Sportsnet’s Tim Panaccio is saying that the proposal “basically the same” as the NHL’s first proposal. Panaccio’s report comes from a source within the NHLPA. That same source does not see the NHLPA agreeing to this new proposal.

Gary Bettman, however, had this to say on the new proposal:

“We need to get on the same page on the economics and we’re hoping that by virtue of the proposal we made today that there will be some traction and that there will be a framework for the negotiation.”

“We believe we’ve made a significant, meaningful step.”

The single most important topic in these CBA talks is the revenue sharing. Under the current CBA, the players receive 57 percent of the hockey-related revenue. The first proposal from the NHL had the players’ share of hockey-related revenue down to 46 percent. Bettman would not say what the new proposal has for the hockey-related revenue distribution.

The NHLPA spent Tuesday evening analyzing the new proposal and will come to a decision sometime on Wednesday. NHLPA Director Donald Fehr had this to say on the new proposal:

“[The counter proposal on Tuesday] is different in some respects from what [the owners] did before, but I don’t want to characterize it at this stage before we’ve had an opportunity to really go through it and make sure we understand it and come up what we think is an appropriate response.”

So, keep an eye out tomorrow for a decision by the NHLPA.

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