Gary Bettman apologizes, and NHL owners unanimously ratify the collective bargaining agreement
NHL owners on Wednesday voted 30-0 to ratify the new 10-year collective bargaining agreement. The next step is for the Players' Association to ratify the document that lowers the players' share of revenue to 50 percent from last season's 57 percent. That vote is now expected Friday and Saturday.
At a press conference in New York, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman apologized for the NHL lockout that cost the league more than half its season, the Winter Classic and the All-Star Game.
"We know that no words of apology or explanation will soften the disappointment," he said, and added, "We have a lot of work to do."
Training camps are expected to open Sunday. A 48-game schedule is expected to start Jan. 19.