Issues at stake in CBA showdown 

January, 25, 2012

In the last year, three of the four major professional sports agreed on new collective bargaining agreements after intense negotiations. Now, it's the NHL's turn.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has consistently said he doesn't expect CBA talks to begin between the league and the NHL Players Association until after the All-Star break. Well, it's here and the showdown between Bettman and new union executive director Donald Fehr is imminent. The current CBA expires after this season.