NHL games cancelled until November 30 over labor dispute

By on Oct 27, 2012 in Ice Hockey, Sports, United States Comments

Updated: December 11, 2012 3:35 p.m.

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The National Hockey League (NHL) games have been cancelled until November 30, 2012, after the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the NHL was not reached, marking the third cancellation of the NHL season games since the start of the lockout last month.

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According to the post at NHL.com on Friday, October 26, 2012, the NHL has already lost a total of 326 regular-season games, or 26.5 % of its 2012-13 regular-season schedule set from October 11 to November 30. The announcement came a day after the deadline that the NHL has set to settle the labor dispute.

“The NHL deeply regrets having to take this action. By presenting a proposal to the NHLPA that contemplated a fair division of revenues and was responsive to Player concerns regarding the value of their contracts, we had hoped to be able to forge a long-term CBA…” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly was quoted at NHL.com.

“We acknowledge and accept that there is joint responsibility in collective bargaining and, though we are profoundly disappointed that a new agreement has not been attained to this point, we remain committed to achieving an agreement that is fair for the Players and the Clubs.” Daly added, noting that 82 season games would have been preserved if the CBA was settled.

“The league officially informed us today that they have withdrawn their latest proposal and have cancelled another slate of regular season games. This is deeply disappointing for all hockey fans and everyone who makes their living from hockey, including the players. But it comes as no surprise.” NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr said.

“Last week, the owners gave us what amounts to a “take-it-or-leave-it” proposal. We responded with the framework for three proposals on the players’ share, each of which moved significantly, towards their stated desire for a 50-50 split of HRR, with the only condition being that they honor contracts they have already signed.” Fehr added.

Last September 19, NHL announced the cancellation of the first preseason schedule through Sept. 30. The 2012 Kraft Hockeyville preseason game, which was scheduled for October 3 in Belleville, Ontario, was moved to 2013. A week later, the rest of the pre-season NHL games have been announced cancelled.

On October 4, the NHL announced the cancellation of the first 2 weeks of the NHL season games due to the lockout. The third week games, or additional 53 NHL games, were announced cancelled on Friday, October 19, affecting the games until November 1, while the next talks have not been announced as of this writing.

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