NHL offers new proposal to end bitter labor dispute

Updated 30 December 2012
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NHL offers new proposal to end bitter labor dispute

NEW YORK: The National Hockey League (NHL) has given the players’ union a new comprehensive proposal in an attempt to end their bitter labor dispute in time for a limited season, league deputy commissioner Bill Daly said on Friday.
Daly said the proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement was delivered to the NHL Players’ Association late on Thursday.
NHL and union officials were expected to discuss the proposal during a conference call and then meet face-to-face on Sunday, the league’s website said.
“We are not prepared to discuss the details of our proposal at this time,” Daly said in a statement.
“We are hopeful that once the union’s staff and negotiating committee have had an opportunity to thoroughly review and consider our new proposal, they will share it with the players. We want to be back on the ice as soon as possible.” The new offer is reportedly contingent on a regular season of at least 48 games starting no later than Jan. 19, according to NHL.com.
The union had no comment.
Players have been locked out since mid-September and the league has canceled games through Jan. 14, more than 50 percent of the regular season, which was scheduled to start in October.
At stake is how to divide $3.3 billion in annual revenue.
The league’s latest offer included changes in NHL proposals on term limits for players contracts, salary variance and buyouts, a player who requested anonymity told ESPN.com.
The offer would extend the limit of player contracts to six years from the NHL’s previous offer of five, adjust yearly salary variance to 10 percent from five percent, and permit one buyout for each team before the 2013-14 season that would not count against the team’s salary cap but would count against the players’ share, the ESPN report said.
With the talks stalled, the players have given their union’s executive board the authority to file a disclaimer of interest, which would essentially dissolve the union and allow individual players to file anti-trust lawsuits against the league. The board has until Jan. 2 to made a decision.
To counter that possible move, the NHL has asked US courts to confirm the legality of the lockout and filed an unfair labor practice against the players’ union.
The dispute is the third to rock a professional North American sports league following lockouts in the National Football League and National Basketball Association last year.

It is also the NHL’s fourth work stoppage in 20 years and first since a lockout forced cancelation of the entire 2004-05 season.
When a labor dispute led the NHL to run a 48-game campaign for the 1994-95 season, an agreement with players was reached by Jan. 11 and the season opened on Jan. 20.


What now for Saudi Arabia’s big four teams?

Updated 19 April 2018
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What now for Saudi Arabia’s big four teams?

  • Al-Hilal won their 15th top-flight title this season.
  • Big summer for Saudi Arabia football with the Green Falcons at the World Cup.

Now the Saudi Professional League season is over for another year Arab News can look back at their title tilts and what the big four clubs have to do over the coming months ahead of the next season.

 



AL-HILAL

Finished: Champions

Coaching situation: Ramon Diaz was in charge for much of the season, but was fired in February after setbacks in the Champions League.
Assistant Juan Brown did Okay in the final stretch, but a top-class coach could get more out of this team.

Squad priorities: A reliable goalscorer to support Omar Khribin and with veteran defender Osama Hawsawi leaving for pastures new, a replacement center-back with leadership qualities. Welcoming back the major stars — Carlos Eduardo, Khribin, Nawaf Al-Abed and Salem Al -Dawsari — will be a major boost.

Aim next season: Win the AFC Champions League

 



AL-AHLI

Finished: Second

Coaching situation: Sergiy Rebrov is out of contract at the end of June. His future is likely to depend on how the team fares against Al-Sadd in the second round of the AFC Champions League in May.

Squad priorities: There is not much wrong. The Jeddah giants were the highest scorers in the league last season and had the second best defense. Keeping star midfielder Leonardo fit will help as will a little cover in the center of defense. Star striker Omar Al-Somah fell out with the coach in a public way in the penultimate game of the season. It may be that one of them has to go. The Syrian has been player of the year for three years and has a longer contract than Rebrov.

Aim next season: Win the league. Maintain good performances in Asia.


 
AL-NASSR

Finished: Third

Coaching situation: Krunoslav Jurcic arrived in January and the former Croatian national team boss produced an upswing in results. May just be a temporary appointment and it needs to be sorted quickly.

Squad priorities: Looks good with the Saudi Arabia national team keeper, a strong center-back pairing of Omar Hawsawi and Bruno Uvini and the full-back position seemingly sorted with the January signing of Saad Suhail. They probably need a defensive midfielder and have to keep Junior Kabananga. The DR Congo striker has shown enough in his few weeks at the club to suggest that he could be a real star next season, especially with Leonardo pulling the strings behind him.

Aim next season: A genuine title challenge and getting through the play-offs into  the 2019 AFC Champions League.

 


AL-ITTIHAD

Finished: Ninth

Coaching situation: A bottom half finish is unacceptable for a team with Al-Itithad’s stature and history. Chilean coach Jose Luis Sierra may find that winning domestic cups is no substitute for challenging for the title.

Squad priorities: There is too much reliance on players such as Carlos Villanueva, a creative spark in the team, and Fahad Al-Ansari, the midfield engine, who are the wrong side of 30. The possible return of star winger Fahad Al-Muwallad will help, but an introduction of energy is needed.

Aim next season: Top three and, if the team wins the King’s Cup, a good showing in the 2019 AFC Champions League.