Game on: NHL Offers Players 50-50

Game on: NHL Offers Players 50-50

For the first time since the NHL owners locked out the players a month ago, there is a palpable sense of optimism the season can be saved.

The wave of good feeling arrived at noon Tuesday when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman laid a new offer from the league owners that called for a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue with the players on the table at the National Hockey League Players’ Association offices in Toronto. After a conference call in the early evening with the union executive and bargaining committees, word filtered out the NHLPA will present a counterproposal either Wednesday or Thursday.

Bettman said the offer was made with the intention of preserving an 82-game season that could start on Nov. 2 after week-long training camps with no preseason games, assuming it would take up to 10 days to hammer out a new collective agreement.

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