Obama Urges End To NHL Lockout

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging the end to another sports labor dispute.

While taking questions from viewers on NBC’s “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno on Wednesday, he was asked if he could pull any strings to end the NHL lockout.

Obama says: “Every time these things happen I just want to remind the owners and the players: You guys make money because you’ve got a whole bunch of fans out there who are working really hard — they buy tickets, they’re watching on TV.”

He adds: “You all should be able to figure this out. Get this done.”

The president sent a tweet last month urging the NFL and its officials to end their labor dispute.

All quiet as deadline for full NHL season nears

NEW YORK (AP) — With only hours remaining before an NHL-imposed deadline to make a deal with the players’ association and preserve a full hockey season, all was quiet between the sides.

By Thursday afternoon, the sides were still not in contact.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman already painted a pessimistic picture on Wednesday, saying it was unlikely that a new collective bargaining agreement would be reached by Thursday that would allow the NHL to play a condensed 82-game schedule starting on Nov. 2.

In making its most recent offer to the players, the NHL presented a proposal that included a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenues. But that was contingent on the sides making a deal by Thursday and getting the season under way following a week of training camp.

Talks broke down last week, and the NHL turned down the union’s offer to return to the table this week with no preconditions.

Source: Associated Press

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