It's less than one month until the expiration of the National Hockey League's Collective Bargaining Agreement and even the most optimistic optimists would tell you that things don't look so good.
Those involved in league and team business have been made aware of the contingencies associated with their employment should the lights go out in arenas. League executives say that a new agreement must have salaries tied to revenues. Representatives of the NHL Players Association, who question the method by which those revenues are calculated, are weary of a salary-cap type system that would essentially force the owners to control their spending.
Those issues, as well as a host of others, were brought up in interviews with Bill Daly, the NHL's executive vice president and chief legal officer, and Ted Saskin, senior vice president of business affairs for the NHL Players Association. Here are their responses to questions from ESPN.com sports business reporter Darren Rovell:
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