The 2012 NHL lockout began on September 15th, 2012 because of an ongoing labor dispute on the expiration of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement. The lockout began less than a month earlier to the scheduled beginning of the 2012–13 NHL season. The owners confirmed a lockout of the members of the National Hockey League Players' Association after a new agreement could not be met before their deadline. The NHL 2012-13 is the 96th season. It was scheduled to begin on October 11, 2012 but is currently delayed, and as a result a total of 326 games have been canceled. The 2013 NHL Winter Classic was scheduled to feature the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but it was canceled due to the labor lockout. The season is schedule to resume on December 1, 2012 and end on April 13, 2013 as a shortened season with only a total of 999 games to be played. The issues at hand for the owners are the wishes to reduce the players share of 57% hockey related revenues, introduce term limits on contracts, eliminate salary arbitration, and change free agency rules. The offers introduced by the unions have focused on increased revenue sharing between owners and a fixed salary cap that is not linked to league revenues. As the deadline for a work stoppage approached, the union challenged the league's ability to lock out players of three Canadian teams – the Edmonton Oilers, the Calgary Flames, and the Montreal Canadians. Since Gary Bettman became NHL Commissioner in 1993, this has been the fourth lockout in the 19 years. Beginning with an official’s lockout in 1993 and following player lockouts in 1994–95 and 2004–05. ISSUES
* Reduce the players' share of hockey-related revenues from 57 percent to 46 percent. Proposed modifications to HRR itself would actually reduce the players' share to 43 percent as defined by the expired CBA. * Set a maximum term of five years on all new players' contracts. * Eliminate signing bonuses and set a uniform salary for each year of a contract, thus eliminating "front-loading" of contracts. * Extend entry level contracts for players entering the league from three years to five. * Extend qualification for unrestricted free agency from seven years in the league to ten. NHL PROPOSAL
“The NHL upped the public opinion pressure on players by making Tuesday's proposal available on its website. Commissioner Gary Bettman had mentioned only the 50-50 revenue split when revealing Tuesday that he had presented an offer and the possibility of a full season starting Nov. 2. The league's proposal also comes with a warning about what would happened if a deal isn't reached in time to start the season by then: "Delay (beyond October 25) will necessarily leave us with an abbreviated season and will require the cancellation of signature NHL events. Failure to reach a prompt agreement will also have other significant and detrimental impacts on our fans, the game, our clubs, our business and the communities in which we play. All of this will obviously necessitate changes to this offer in the event we are unsuccessful in saving a full season." The highlights of the proposal: The deal would be six years with an option for a seventh. The upper limit on the 2012-13 salary would fall to $59.9 million and the floor would be $43.9 million. Because 16 of the 30 teams already exceed the upper limit, teams can go to $70.2 million in the first year. That was the working number for general managers this summer. There are proposals to ensure players don't get contracts rolled back and teams have to make good on money that players lose in the first two years. ANALYSIS: NHL puts ball in players' court Revenue sharing would rise from $150 million to $200 million, lower than the union's proposed $240 million. Existing contracts of five years or more would have the cap hit count against a team even if the player retires. That would...