Talks between the NHL and the players’ association resumed Wednesday for the first time in nearly a week in Woodbridge, N.J., with U.S. federal mediators rejoining negotiations. But the two sides don’t seem any closer to reaching a deal to end the lockout.
The Associated Press reported that the two sides met with federal mediators, not with each other, on Wednesday. AP also reported that commissioner Gary Bettman informed mediators that the offer the league pulled from the table after last week’s talks fell apart is now back in play, but carries a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum.
”We met for about 6 1/2 hours today with the assistance of federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh,” Daly said in a statement on the NHL website. “The parties were never actually in the same room together. We did several different caucus meeting rooms. There is nothing new to report.”
The Associated Press reported that no owners joined Bettman and Daly at the talks, while the NHLPA released the names of the players taking part, including Craig Adams, Adrian Aucoin, Brad Boyes, Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche, Shane Doan, Ron Hainsey, Jamal Mayers Andy McDonald, Steve Montador, Brendan Morrison, Douglas Murray and Daniel Winnik.
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Jeff Z. Klein wrote an interesting article in the New York Times about how a “dysfunctional” business model puts the NHL in peril, according to experts. You can read that column by clicking here.
Chris Johnston of The Canadian Press reports that amnesty buyouts have emerged as an important issue in the stalemate. Read more by clicking here.
Cam Cole of Postmedia News writes about how fear and envy are haunting a proposed new arena for Edmonton. Read his column by clicking here.
In other sports/business news, Patrick Hruby of sportsonearth.com wrote an article under the headline: “Let’s eliminate sports welfare” as America is barreling toward a self-induced “fiscal cliff.” You can read that article by clicking here.
And if you’re in need of a little humour as this lockout drags on, how about this line from Fark.com: ”Unseen stories of hardship during the NHL lockout: Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a new Zamboni-driver job in Nashville?”
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