THE NHL LOCKOUT
THE MONEY GAP: Players have been receiving 57 percent of hockey-related revenue, and the owners want to slice that as low as 47 percent -- or what players say amounts to a 17.5 percent giveback. The union proposal substitutes actual dollars for percentages and seeks a guarantee of the $1.8 billion that went to players last season.
THE PHILOSOPHICAL DIVIDE: Citing annual revenue growth from $2.1 billion to $3.3 billion under the expiring deal, players say they shouldn't be forced to make concessions. Instead, they want the league to expand its limited revenue-sharing plan to spread the wealth around.
THE CALENDAR: No one has a clue when this will end, but there are target dates. Training camps had been scheduled to start Friday; the regular season opens Oct. 11. Players won't miss a paycheck until Oct. 14. The NHL's outdoor Winter Classic, a showcase event that drew a whopping 3.74 million viewers last January on NBC, is Jan. 1. The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will play at the University of Michigan's football stadium in Ann Arbor.
WHAT'S NEXT: Formal negotiations continue to be on hold with no sessions scheduled, though both sides are in regular phone contact. Players now must decide if they want to play in Europe or pick a place to continue training. In San Jose, they can rent a rink at Sharks Ice but cannot use their regular locker room and training facilities.
Associated Press contributed to this chart.