Ok, a break from all the pie fighting, just a brief update on something that matters:
After 113 days and a 16-hour marathon negotiating session it looks like the lockout is almost over and hockey will soon be coming back. Early Sunday morning, the NHL and its players’ union announced they had reached a deal on a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement. Details of the agreement weren’t released because players and owners needed to be told first. But NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman had earlier said an agreement had to be reached before Jan. 11 in order to start a 48-game season on Jan. 19, reports Bloomberg.
And guess who's going to get the credit? The federal mediator.
The NHL is back, and federal mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh will get credit for the save.Next time someone tells you the federal government isn't good for anything, I give you: HOCKEY.
Commissioner Gary Bettman publicly thanked Beckenbaugh after he brought the NHL and NHL Players' Association together during a 16-hour marathon bargaining session that ended just before 4 a.m. Sunday with a new 10-year collective-bargaining agreement that ends a 113-day old lockout and ensures the start of the 2012-13 season.
"There's still a lot of work to be done, but the basic framework of the deal has been agreed upon," Bettman said.
Details of the season have not been finalized, but there won't be fewer than 48 games and there could be more. The season will start on or before Jan. 19.
Bam. Case Closed.