from Tom Van Riper of Forbes,
As time winds down on the NHL’s deadline to lock out its players, there’s one burning question that stands out: what happened to the combative Donald Fehr, the one who made his name as a thorn in the side of the baseball owners for years?
Commissioner Gary Bettman launched an opening salvo that called for a huge reduction in the players’ take of league revenue – to 43% from 57%. That seems like a brazen move against Fehr, who would have laughed the baseball owners out of the room for such an offer.
But with five days to go until the NHL-imposed lockout, he isn’t dismissing the owners’ demands. Fehr will probably win something better than 43%, but he’s acknowledged that the players are willing to make hundreds of millions of dollars worth of concessions. So regardless of the final terms worked out, it’s Bettman and the owners who are framing the debate. Salaries will be cut, the only point of contention is how much.
continued and note to Forbes, time to change-out the very old NHL logo.