NHL cancels entire November schedule
The NHL canceled its entire November schedule Friday, the 41st day of the lockout, eliminating another 191 games. Since the season was supposed to start Oct. 11, the league has lost 326 games — about 22 per team.
The NHL canceled its entire November schedule Friday, the 41st day of the lockout, eliminating another 191 games.
Since the season was supposed to start Oct. 11, the league has lost 326 games — about 22 per team, or 26.5 percent of the regular season.
The cancellations took place one day after the expiration of a league deadline for preserving a full 82-game schedule.
Donald Fehr, executive director of the players' association, said the league had withdrawn its most recent offer for a new collective-bargaining agreement, another complication in stalled negotiations.
"This is deeply disappointing for all hockey fans and everyone who makes their living from hockey, including the players," Fehr said in a statement. "But it comes as no surprise."
The owners' proposal included a 50/50 revenue split with players, down from the 57 percent players received under the old collective-bargaining agreement, which expired Sept. 15. The players' association rejected the offer last week because, Fehr said, it did not guarantee the full value of current contracts.
"Somebody has to be willing to talk about things seriously," Fehr said after meeting with a group of players in the Chicago area. "So far, the league's position is essentially, 'We got billions of dollars from the players last time (after the 2004-05 season was canceled) and we've had nothing but record revenues ever since, so let's go try and get another billion or two.' "
Three counterproposals from the union recently were dismissed by the league because, commissioner Gary Bettman said, they either took several years to reach a 50/50 revenue split or did not genuinely offer a 50/50 split.
The sides have not met since Oct. 18.
Bill Daly, the deputy commissioner, said in a statement: "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."