Sports Business

Should NHL Players Dump Their Union?

Many assume that eventually NHL players will get a similar deal to that of the NFL and NBA. But blowing up their union may provide a more lucrative model to follow.

Shop NHL Shuts Down Affiliate Marketing Program Immediately, Citing Lockout

In what may be a sign that they don't expect a lockout resolution coming soon, the NHL has shut down the affiliate marketing program tied to their online merchandising operation.

NHL Lockout 2012 Explained With Taiwanese Animation, Featuring Former Predator Ryan Suter

Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations are notoriously complex affairs, so how better to explain what's going on than with another installation of those surreal, but all-too-accurate...

Welcome to NHL Lockout 2012

NHL Lockout 2012 is ready to roll, now that the CBA has expired, and the two sides have failed to reach agreement on how to divide up the ever-growing pile of cash that fans and corporate sponsors...

NHL CBA Talks: Do Rising Jet Fuel Prices Really Justify Player Salary Cuts?


NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman cited rising fuel prices as one area in which the owners don't have the flexibility to reduce costs like they're trying to do with player salaries. Is this really a...

Private Equity and the NHL: A Few More Thoughts

Today OTF examines possibilities for how to structure a private equity deal that could save the NHL without also ruining it at the same time.

NHL CBA Talks 2012: Sides exchange proposals, but clock is ticking


The NHL and its player's association met for three hours on Wednesday in an attempt to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, but a new proposal by the owners will come off the...

What Do NHL CBA Negotiations Have To Do With Presidential Election Politics?

A recent Bloomberg Businessweek article asks if a private equity transition could help solve some of the NHL's problems. On the Forecheck offers reflections and insights to answer the question.

Are $240 million in losses to be believed?


Renaud Lavoie of RDS is setting tongues wagging this afternoon, with an anonymous "tip" from inside the NHL that seeks to build sympathy for reining in player salaries. But can the league really be...

NHL Lockout nearing a certainty as players & owners call off talks


With 15 days left in the current NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement, things are looking grimmer by the day for a timely start to the 2012-2013 season.

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