New York, NY (Sports Network) - The National Hockey League announced the
cancellation of its 2012-13 regular-season schedule for the entire month of
November on Friday.
"The National Hockey League 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 Collective Bargaining
Agreement that would have preserved an 82-game Regular Season for our fans.
Unfortunately, that did not occur," said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly in
"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 -- one that will be good for the
game and our fans."
The move comes one week after games through Nov. 1 were excised, and eight
days after the league rejected three separate proposals presented by the
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman submitted a six-year offer to the NHLPA on
Oct. 16, one that included a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue and allowed
for a full 82-game season to begin on Nov. 2. The league's self-imposed
deadline for the players' union to accept that proposal expired on Thursday.
The lockout, which began on Sept. 16, has now caused the cancellation of 326
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