The NHL's most recent lockout—the league's third since the 1994--95 season—came to a merciful end early on Sunday morning when commissioner Gary Bettman and players' association head Don Fehr announced they had settled on the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement. Here's how hockey's drawn-out labor struggle, which wiped out nearly half the season, compared with the recent Congressional negotiations on matters of even greater importance.
This is an article from the Jan. 14, 2013 issue
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Fiscal Cliff: $650 billion
President's first proposal was for $1.55 trillion in new tax revenue; GOP countered with proposal for $850 billion in new revenue.
NHL Lockout: $462 million
Owners wanted to cut the players' share of the NHL's $3.3 billion in revenue from 57% to 43%.
Roots of Conflict
Fiscal Cliff: In December 2010, Congress extended the Bush tax cuts through Dec. 31, 2012.
NHL Lockout: In July 2005, the NHL and NHLPA agreed on a salary cap of $39 million, as players accepted a 24% salary rollback.
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Length of Negotiations
Fiscal Cliff: John Boehner, speaker of the House, to Senate majority leader Harry Reid: "Go f--- yourself."
NHL Lockout: Panthers winger Kris Versteeg: "... you got to cut out the cancers, and ... [deputy commissioner] Bill Daly and Bettman, they've been looting this game for far too long."