Players will counteroffer National Hockey League negotiators by the end of the week as the sides seek to reach agreement on a new labor contract before the existing one expires Sept. 15.
Points including the revenue-sharing structure are at the center of the debate between the league and the players’ union, which is mulling a league proposition received two days ago.
Under the current collective bargaining agreement, the players get 57 percent of the hockey-related revenue, while the latest league proposal calls for 46 percent.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman noted that players in the National Football League and National Basketball Association both took a smaller share of revenue after lockouts.
“Reducing the share isn’t something extraordinary, it has become a matter of fact,” Bettman said.