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NHLPA meetings kick off in preparation of CBA negotiations

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NHLPA meetings kick off in preparation of CBA negotiations

Bargaining requires and demands patience.
Before the start of Monday's NHLPA meeting on Monday, players made it clear that they're ready to come together and do what it takes to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement as quickly as possible.
From rookies to stars such as Alexander Ovechkin and Jonathan Toews, players across the NHL gathered in Chicago to begin drafting a proposal to take to the league, concerning revenue and salary cap changes.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr anticipated between 40 and 60 players arriving for the meetings, and the turnout was just as impressive as he had hoped for. The group will be drafting a proposal they feel is fair to both the players and owners.
"The starting point is, the players made enormous concessions last time around," Fehr said. "The game generates a lot more revenue than it did before. You put those things together, it ought to point you in a direction where this negotiation should go.
"I'm not going to prejudge it, but there's plenty of time to negotiate an agreement between now and Sept. 15."
Whether decisions are made quickly will be determined by the attitudes of both parties, as well as whether issues between the league and NHLPA are large or small scale. Typically with large scale issues, neither group wants to budge on their demands, which can further lead to a lockout.
"Everyone will have to be on the same page," added Ovechkin when asked about each player's involvement. "Of course it'll be hard, but it's going to get done."
But a lockout is not guaranteed if the new CBA is not completed on time. The league can continue operating as long as both sides agree to keep negotiating and play under the terms of the old CBA.
Fehr says he hopes to have an agreement among the players made by the conclusion of their final meeting on Wednesday afternoon. The NHLPA plans to begin negotiations with the league very quickly.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Do the Cubs need to make a deal?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Do the Cubs need to make a deal?

On this episode of SportsTalk Live, Fred Mitchell, Seth Gruen and Jason Goch join David Kaplan on the panel.

The Cubs bats come alive against the Giants while Theo says there have been plenty of trade rumors but no trade talks. Do the Cubs need to make a deal?

Plus, Ray Ratto joins Kap to talk about the Warriors struggles and the guys debate if LeBron is playing his final game in a Cavaliers uniform.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: