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Labor histories of four major North American pro sports

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Labor lowdown

The NHL lockout is the third lockout in the past 18 months in the four major North American pro sports. Here is a look at the labor history of those sports.

• Major League Baseball leads with eight work stoppages: five strikes and three lockouts, the last a 7½-month strike that led to the cancellation of the 1994 World Series. Since that strike, players and owners have negotiated collective bargaining agreements without stoppages in 2002, 2006 and last year.

•The NFL has had five stoppages: four strikes and one lockout, the most recent, the lockout, which lasted from March 11 to Aug. 5 last year. No regular-season games were lost.

• The NBA has had four: all lockouts, the most recent July 1 to Nov. 26 last year, which resulted in the regular season being cut from 82 games to 66.

• It's likely not a coincidence the three leagues with salary caps have had the most recent turmoil. Baseball finds it can make concessions in certain areas in exchange for gains in others. The cap sports appear to have fewer areas of back-and-forth because of the basic structure in place.

• The core issue of the NHL's latest problem, how to divide hockey-related revenue between owners and players, also was a contentious one in the NBA's and NFL's troubles last year. In the 10-year deal the NBA reached, player salaries from total revenue will be 49 to 51 percent. In the NFL's 10-year deal, player salaries from total revenue will be 47 to 48.5 percent.

Sources: Associated Press,

Labor histories of four major North American pro sports 09/15/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 15, 2012 10:45pm]
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