Play­ers re­spond to hockey league salary cut

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Play­ers in the National Women’s Hockey League say they want more in­for­ma­tion be­fore agree­ing to a 50 per­cent salary cut the com­mis­sioner says is nec­es­sary “to save the sea­son.”

A day af­ter NWHL Com­mis­sioner Dani Ry­lan said dur­ing a con­fer­ence call that the cuts were nec­es­sary be­cause the league fell short of pro­jected rev­enue, sev­eral play­ers posted a list of ques­tions on Twit­ter ask­ing for an ex­pla­na­tion.

The play­ers wrote: “We are will­ing to work with the league, but there must be trans­parency and open com­mu­ni­ca­tion.”

They asked for proof of in­surance, a third-party au­dit, the names of in­vestors and an ex­pla­na­tion for the rev­enue short­fall.

Last year, the NWHL be­came North Amer­ica’s first women’s hockey league to pay player salaries, which range from $10,000 to $26,000. The fourteam league has fran­chises in Bos­ton; New York; Stam­ford, Con­necti­cut; and Buf­falo, New York.

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