Thursday, December 20, 2012
NHL Lockout Update
With no end in sight to the 96-day-old NHL lockout, the league announced Thursday that it is canceling games through Jan. 14, moving it potentially closer to another lost season.
The announcement knocks another 99 games off the schedule and brings the total canceled to 625, or 50.8% of the season.
The 1994-95 season, which was shortened to 48 games by a lockout, started on Jan. 20 and ran through June 24. A settlement was reached on Jan. 11. The full season was canceled during the 2004-05 lockout.
NHL owners and players are stalemated on their negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement, and players are voting to decide whether to have the NHL Players' Association announce that it no longer will represent the players. That would allow players to pursue antitrust litigation to have the lockout declared illegal.
Players are expected to approve that measure, but the voting will not be completed until Friday.
The NHL has filed an unfair labor practices charge with the National Labor Relations Board and also a class-action lawsuit in federal court in New York, claiming that the disclaimer of interest would merely be a ploy and not a true desire of players to dissolve the union.
The NBA players made a similar move during their lockout and reached an agreement 12 days later.
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