I’m just so turned off by the greed, the unwillingness to cooperate, the lack of direction and the apathy toward the fans who live and die with every drop of the puck. It’s disgraceful and it’s unfair, and I’m finished.
The NHL’s labor dispute has gotten so big that President Barack Obama was asked about the stalemate during an interview Thursday.
Very little information leaked out of the meeting room, but it is believed that each side submitted proposals to the other and spent lots of time apart discussing what was offered.
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.
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.
Gary Bettman seemed resigned on Wednesday to looking at a shortened season with the NHL and the players’ association still at odds after months of negotiations.
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.
The sides met twice on Wednesday. If talks go well on Thursday, or if the scheduled work can’t be completed, there could be another day of discussions on Friday.
In speaking to reporters after talks finished up for the day between the NHL and the NHLPA, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly estimated that the league has lost $100 million in revenues from the canceled preseason.
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