Competitive Bargaining Agreement (CBA)

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The impressive balance sheet of the NHL as a whole and the disparity between franchises were the main catalysts of intense negotiations regarding the Competitive Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in 2012 between the NHL and its Commissioner, Gary Bettman and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) led by its Executive Director Donald Fehr. The NHL CBA is a labour agreement between the NHL team owners and the NHLPA negotiated through collective bargaining and typically focuses on reaching an agreement between parties on matters such as salaries, working conditions, benefits and rights. The previous 2005 CBA was due to expire on September 15, 2012 and talks began in late June 2012 to negotiate new terms for the 2012/13 season. The 2005
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