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The NHL’s revenue of $3.3 billion last season lagged well behind the NFL ($9 billion), Major League Baseball ($7.5 billion) and the NBA ($5 billion), and the deal will lower the hockey players’ percentage from 57 to 50 _ owners originally had proposed 46 percent.

This was the third lockout among the major U.S. sports in a period of just over a year. A four-month NFL lockout ended in July 2011 with the loss of only one exhibition game, and an NBA lockout caused each team’s schedule to be cut from 82 games to 66 last season.

As part of the deal:

_Players will receive $300 million in transition payments over three years to account for existing contracts, pushing their revenue share over 50 percent at the start of the deal.

_Players gained a defined benefit pension plan for the first time.

_The salary cap for this season will be $70.2 million before prorating to adjust for the shortened season, and the cap will drop to $64.3 million in 2013-14 _ the same amount as 2011-12. There will be a salary floor of $44 million in those years.

_Free agents will be limited to contracts of seven years; eight for those re-signed by their former clubs.

_Salaries within a contract may not vary by more than 35 percent year to year, and the lowest year must be at least 50 percent of the highest year.

_There were no changes to eligibility for free agency and salary arbitration.

_The threshold for teams to release players in salary arbitration will increase from $1.75 million to $3 million.

_Each team may use two buyouts to terminate contracts before the 2013-14 or 2014-15 seasons for two-thirds of the remaining guaranteed income. The buyout will be included in the players’ revenue share but not the salary cap.

_The minimum salary will remain at $525,000 this season and will rise to $750,000 by 2021-12.

_Either side may terminate the deal after the 2019-20 season.

_Revenue sharing will increase to $200 million annually and rise with revenue.

_An industry growth fund of $60 million will be funded by the sides over three years and replenished as need.

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