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