Tired of collective bargaining negotiations? Well, tough.
Because with the NFL just out of them and the NBA stuck in them, the MLB and NHL are coming up on deadlines of their own. Their CBA's are set to expire on December 11, 2011 and September 15, 2012, respectively.
Specifically related to the NHL, Frank Seravalli has a piece in today's Daily News about professional hockey players being in some cases prevented from earning their full salaries.
The NHL CBA—signed after a year-long lockout in 2005—holds that the players are set to earn 56.7% of all hockey-related revenues. However, in the event that the players' salaries in a given year might actually exceed 57.6% of all revenues, a portion of their money is held in escrow, should it need to be later split with the owners.
For example, the players only took home 90.59% of their signed contracts in 2009-2010, while the remaining 9.41% was given back to the owners to ensure they received their full 43.4% of revenues.
If this is all a bit technical or you're not really one for mixing sports and business or you already knew about this sort of thing, here's a hilarious picture of Scott Hartnell looking more like Zach Galifianakis than Zach Galifianakis:
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