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Labor talks threaten start of NHL season

Labor talks threaten start of NHL seasonThe two week pre-season has already been canceled and it’s not looking good for the regular season as NHL labor talks break down this week. National Hockey League and Union representing players met in New York for a two hour discussion today on the definition of hockey related revenue but grew no closer to addressing the core issues of the talks. “We don’t really have any progress to report,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. “As a matter of fact, no progress was made. Today wasn’t overly encouraging, that’s for sure.” The NHL imposed lock out has halted all league activity since the collective bargaining agreement expired 17 days ago and the players and owners remain unable to come up with a mutually agreeable way to split up the $3.3 billion annual revenue. The regular season is scheduled to begin on October 11 but analysts anticipate that at least part of the season will be scrapped if talks don’t start moving forward quickly.

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