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Bettman, Fehr to meet again on Tuesday

Aug 26, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Here’s TSN’s Darren Dreger with the latest on NHL/NHLPA labor talks:

It’ll be interesting to see if the two sides can build any momentum in negotiations. Last week, things essentially stalled to a halt when Wednesday’s bargaining session was cancelled and Thursday’s was cut short.

Following the Thursday meet, both sides told the media there’s still a significant gap between the two in terms of key economic issues — revenue sharing being chief among them — and Fehr upped the ante by saying the players “aren’t afraid of a lockout.”

The current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire on Sept. 15, which is 20 days from now.

  1. id4joey - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Neither side is acting with a sense of urgency. Truth be told is neither side care that there will be a lockout.

  2. forsbergdomination - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Let’s see if you can crack the 2 hour plateau this time! This is ridiculous sit down an talk about the issues like reasonable people and get something worked out. Don’t cancel meetings because that just increases the chance of a lockout. Nobody wants that.

    • phillyphanatic76 - Aug 27, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      They cancel Thursdays meeting then meet for all of 90 minutes Friday … they seem to think they can bridge the gap between two philosophically different groups in an hour and a half. If Bettman really wanted to get negotiations rolling he’d start things out by offering to give back his $8mil a year salary since according to him the players don’t even deserve to make that much. If they really wanted to avoid a lockout they’d be meeting all day every day and they wouldn’t have waited to negotiate until the 11th hour. Bettman couldn’t care less about the fans.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 26, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    I think I speak for everyone who’s even remotely a hockey fan when I say I am so f***ing tired of hearing about this. Figure it out already. Both sides stand to lose way more if games are missed than they will gain by dragging this out.

  4. revansrevenant - Aug 26, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    I have this miraculous idea. It’s called “meet every day until you come to an agreement”.

    My alternative idea is that a bunch of fans get together and lock them in a room together and tell them that no one goes in or out until they come to an agreement. We’ll give them a buffet and a soda fountain so they don’t starve, but no leaving the room until there’s an agreement on the CBA.

  5. deadrabbit79 - Aug 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Tuesday morning in NYC:

    NHL: Here is our latest proposal
    Union: Thank you. We will look it over and get back to you.

    Union call to NHL: Nah, no thanks. We will have a counter offer by monday morning.

    Monday morning.
    Union call to NHL: we just faxed over our latest proposal. Look it over, take your time, no rush. We dont agree on anyrhing but we have time.

    How about they meet everyday for more than two hours and get this done already! When was the last time they met for an extended amount of time?!?!

  6. dlk75150 - Aug 26, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Bettman and fear need to go. What a couple lazy idiots.

  7. capsrockva - Aug 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Get the F***ing deal done. it’s us fans who lose out if it doesn’t get done

  8. raoool - Aug 27, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    weasel-dee and weasel-dum. at least we’ll have football for the first part of another lost season

  9. jimw81 - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    I think bettman knows he lost this battle since he made “fans are like a doormat” comment.

  10. matthewmacisaac - Aug 27, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    If there is a lockout (it would be the third of Bettman’s tenure), I would want Bettman’s head on a stick if I was an Owner since lockouts lose me money that can never be recouped. Alienating the fans, as Bettman continues to do, is also great for business. I don’t know why the Owners put up with him.

  11. mathews1945 - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Fehr, most of us remember him from when he almost ruined baseball as the players rep. Antone remeber when the World Series was canceled. Now he is going to try, or ruin hockey this time.

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