NHL tables ’time-sensitive’ offer to players as lockout approaches

The NHL has filed its latest proposal in the ongoing labour talks with the NHL Players’ Association, giving the union until Saturday to accept before pulling it off the table.

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NEW YORK — The NHL has filed its latest proposal in the ongoing labour talks with the NHL Players’ Association, giving the union until Saturday to accept before pulling it off the table.

The proposal includes an increase to the 46 per cent of revenue players were offered in the league’s last proposal.

The players currently get 57 per cent of revenues.

Commissioner Gary Bettman would not say how much the increase to the players’ share of revenue was.

Bettman also said that the definition of hockey-related revenues —the pool of revenues which the league and players split under the collective bargaining agreement — would remain unchanged in an effort to simplify the process.

Bettman says he and two owners crafted the proposal in response to an earlier offer tabled by the NHLPA, which the commissioner characterized as inadequate.

The current collective bargaining agreement expires Saturday at midnight, at which time the league says it will withdraw the offer and lock out the players.

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