NHL, NHLPA reach agreement to end lockout

Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 9:48am

The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association agreed on terms early Sunday morning that will end the lockout and allow for an abbreviated 2012-13 season, which will begin this month.

Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLP executive director Donald Fehr met the media together briefly and delivered the news.

“We have reached an agreement on the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement, the details of which need to be put to paper,” Bettman said. “… There’s still a lot of work to be done but the basic framework of the deal has been agreed upon. We have to go through a ratification process.”

Details with regard to a schedule for the start of training camps, etc. were not immediately released. According to reports, the league has options for both a 50 and a 48-game schedule.

Plus, an actual document must be drafted and both parties must formally ratify the agreement.

“We have to do the legal work,” Fehr said. “We have to do the constituent communication work. … Hopefully we’re at a place where all those things will proceed fairly rapidly and with some dispatch.”

The lockout began Sept. 15, 2012, upon expiration of the previous CBA. It cost the league the 2013 NHL All-Star Game as well as the league's annual New Year’s Day outdoor contest, the Winter Classic, which this year was expected to set an attendance record for the sport.

7 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 1/6/13 at 11:51

This is very sad indeed. If the owners could have held out two more years I believe we could have gotten the number of franchises to a manageable level.

By: courier37027 on 1/6/13 at 10:48

50 games should be the length of any NHL season. Same goes for NBA. Shorter schedule makes each game more intense.

By: Rasputin72 on 1/7/13 at 2:08

Courier.......I could not agree with you more but money is boss,even if it is in the hands of only the 2%.

By: 4gold on 1/7/13 at 9:14

NBA , NHL and throw baseball in there too for having seasons too long. The NHL can go ahead and play their 50 games. Too late for me. I lost interest. Sorry, hardly missed ya. They can chop all the pro sports seasons in half and player salaries in half and it would be about right.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: jwk6179 on 1/7/13 at 10:49

A former co-worker of my wife has been a season ticket holder for the Preds since day one and when I saw he a couple of weeks ago, he stated that as far as he is concerned, they stay out for the rest of the season since they have already cancelled almost half the season already. He said even if they were to reach an agreement and comeback this season, he wouldn't be going to any games to support them this year. I wonder how many Preds season ticket holders feel the same way that he does?

By: gid on 1/7/13 at 4:58

jwk6179 I do, season ticket holder here since day one. I am trying to sell my tickets for this crappy season. Screw the Billionaires and Millionaires - they both forgot about the fans

By: 4gold on 1/8/13 at 8:12

Would love to see them play the first game in front of about 14 wives and family. Make a statement that fans are fed up with the spoiled millionaires. All that Weber and Suter lip service about loving Nashville. Then both jump at fist offer out of town. Weber just got reeled back. He obviously wanted to go to Philli with the rest of the old Preds. Weber didnt even bother to come back to town to recieve his 30 million.

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!