With the lockout lingering into another week, the NHL labor talks are set to resume on Tuesday with owners and players scheduled to meet while a couple of key figures remain on the sidelines of the negotiations.
The NHL and NHLPA’s non-binding meetings with federal mediators broke off without any progress.
The NHL and NHLPA will meet with separate mediators on Wednesday.
The NHL and the locked-out players are talking again, just not for very long.
So much for a two-week break. Just over a week since the last set of failed negotiations, the NHL and the locked-out players’ association will return to the bargaining table Monday.
Negotiations had already hit a wall in the ongoing hockey labor fight, and now the NHL has suggested the sides take an official two-week break before getting back to the bargaining table.
Now the NHL and the locked-out players’ association aren’t even talking by phone.
Both sides in the NHL labor fight seem willing to talk. The problem is neither group likes what is being said at the other end of the table.
Coupled with the more than seven hours they spent negotiating on Tuesday, owners and players have been together about 13 hours and are ready to get back to it on Thursday.
The NHL and the players’ association did all their talking at the bargaining table, far away from the public eye. With another round of talks scheduled just one day after more than seven hours of negotiations, perhaps progress is being made.
The NHL and the players’ association stuck to their word and made quick plans to get back to the bargaining table.
The Winter Classic is dead this year, but as the NHL buries its most popular regular-season event there is hope that the lockout won’t wipe out the entire season.
The news came a day after a league-imposed deadline passed for a deal with the players’ association that would allow for a full season.
A large part of Bettman’s role as commissioner is to successfully market the game, avoid labor unrest and protect the health of the league. He’s failed spectacularly in each of these areas throughout his tenure.
Now things are really getting down to the wire, and the situation is getting even uglier. Forget about a deal to save a full hockey season: The NHL and the players’ association can’t even agree to get together to talk.
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