NHL Cancels Games Through November 1: Is This the Final Batch of Cancellations?

October 19th, 2012 by Brad Kurtzberg Leave a reply »
The NHL announced the cancellation of all games through November 1st on Friday. Is this the final batch of cancellations? Right now, all signs point to no.

Sure, it's a PR war between the two sides right now, but if you listen to what both the owners and the players are telling us, negotiations don't seem to be going anywhere and we are no closer to a resolution and the resumption of play than were were on September 15, the day the owners locked the players out.

In the last week, there was a glimmer of hope: the owners made an offer which they touted as a 50-50 split of revenues. The players made three counter offers. The owners rejected all three out of hand. The entire meeting Thursday took all of one hour and no new talks were scheduled.

How far apart are we? Listen to the words of both sides:

"It's clear we're not speaking the same language. We were done in an hour because there was really nothing there." —NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman

"After the proposal was made, they did what they have done before: they take very few minutes, they don't think about it, they don't analyze it, they don't talk to the other owner ...

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