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November 3, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
The seconds-in-command for the NHL and the players association met Saturday in what was described as a secret location in an effort to revive their stalled labor negotiations. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA Special Counsel Steve Fehr restarted the talks a day after the league announced it had canceled the Jan. 1 Winter Classic outdoor game, its annual showcase. The league has canceled 327 games since it locked players out on Sept. 15, more than a quarter of the season.
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October 17, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
The NHL, in a rare display of candor, released the full terms of the contract proposal it had made to the players association on Tuesday. The detailed proposal, made available Wednesday on the league's website, includes a Oct. 25 deadline for an agreement to be reached to preserve a full season. The league's proposal also includes a warning : “Delay (beyond October 25) will necessarily leave us with an abbreviated season and will require the cancellation of signature NHL events,” it reads, undoubtedly referring to the Jan. 1 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.
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October 5, 2012 | Helene Elliott
The NHL on Thursday used its most potent hammer and ensured locked-out players will lose at least one paycheck when it canceled a segment of the regular-season schedule from the Oct. 11 openers through Oct. 24. The action was the next step following its postponement of training camp and cancellation of exhibition games. But players aren't paid during camp and were scheduled to get their first checks Oct. 15. That may be the first of many missed paydays because the league and the players' union have been unable to conduct sustained negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement.
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October 5, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
One day after the NHL delivered a hit to players' wallets by canceling the first two weeks of the schedule, the top leaders of the league and the players' union met in Toronto on Friday to discuss where they are in their dispute. At least they're talking. But the question is whether they can have substantive and continuing negotiations and find a way to resolve the economic roadblocks that jeopardize the season and lift the lockout imposed by the NHL on Sept. 15. The league was represented by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
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September 30, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The face of baseball this October could be Derek Jeter or Josh Hamilton, Joey Votto or Buster Posey, Chipper Jones or Bryce Harper. The face of hockey this October? Donald Fehr. Just the mention of his name sends shivers down the spine of longtime baseball fans. Fehr led the baseball players' union through the only fall without a Fall Classic in the last 100 years. Since 1995, however, baseball has enjoyed labor peace while the NFL has locked out its players once, the NBA twice and the NHL twice.
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September 29, 2012 | By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times
A morning of goodwill turned into an afternoon of continued discord between the NHL and the players' union Friday, leaving them no closer to ending the labor dispute that led the league to lock players out on Sept. 15 and cancel the exhibition schedule. NHL Players' Assn. executive Mathieu Schneider said the sides had made "some headway" during their first session on issues such as player safety, scheduling, and tougher drug testing. However, their considerable differences became apparent following their second session.
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September 28, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Representatives of the NHL and the players' union made progress in resolving non-core issues such as drug testing and player safety during a negotiating session Friday morning and reconvened later in the day at the league's New York headquarters. However, they didn't discuss the economic differences that led the NHL to lock out players on Sept. 15 and subsequently cancel the exhibition schedule. The two sides met for about two hours before taking a break to allow NHL executives to attend a funeral.
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August 31, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
They were reduced to quibbling over who decided to call a recess. That pretty much explains how matters transpired Friday in what was a relatively brief negotiating session between the NHL and the NHL Players' Assn. in New York. There are no new talks scheduled. The collective bargaining agreement in place is due to expire Sept. 15, and the league has said it will lock out players if a new agreement isn't in place by that date. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters after Friday's meeting that the league was "stonewalled" by the NHLPA.
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August 29, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Defining the hockey-related revenue that would be split between players and owners in the next labor agreement remained a sticking point between the NHL and the players' union, which met Wednesday in New York to discuss the league's latest proposal. Donald Fehr , executive director of the NHL Players' Assn., said the union will present a response Thursday or Friday after it studies the effect the league's plan would have on each club. The NHL's six-year proposal is a year longer than its initial proposal and would peg players' share of hockey-related revenue in the first year at 46%, up from its initial proposal of 43%. However, the NHL wants to exclude some revenue, which would give players their share from a smaller pie. Players last season got 57% of hockey-related revenue.
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