Full NHL season unlikely with no talks scheduled
The NHL, which locked out its players over a month ago when the previous collective bargaining agreement expired, had set today as a deadline to reach a new labor deal that would allow a full season to open Nov. 2.
But Bettman, speaking at a news conference to announce the New York Islanders'; plans to move to Brooklyn, said the prospects were dim with time running out.
';The union has chosen not to engage on our proposal or to make a new proposal of their own so unfortunately it looks like the 82-game season is not going to be a reality,'; he said.
';And although the clock still has a little bit of time to run things seem to be not progressing as we would like and we are disappointed.';
The NHL presented a six-year offer to the NHL Players'; Association last week that proposed an equal split of hockey-related revenue.
The offer was contingent on the sides reaching an agreement by today so teams could hold a one-week training camp starting Friday.
The union offered three counter-proposals last week that the league quickly shot down, saying later that all failed to approach a 50-50 revenue split.
The NHL, which has already canceled the first three weeks of the regular season as part of a work stoppage that has cost it about $250 million in lost revenue, locked out players after failing to agree on how to split a $3.3 billion revenue pie.
No talks were scheduled between the league and union.