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No Progress to Report in NHL Labor Dispute
December 12th, 2012 at 9:07 PM By Anthony Custode Jr
The NHL and NHLPA did not meet with each other today, but did spend about six hours meeting with federal mediators in an attempt to get closer to a new CBA and salvage the 2012-2013 season.
"We met for about six-and-a-half hours today with the assistance of federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told NHL.com. "The parties were never actually in the same room together. We did several different caucus meeting rooms. There is nothing new to report. We don't have a conclusion to the process. The players are doing something [Wednesday] night and they are going to get back to mediator Beckenbaugh [Wednesday] night and he will get back to us [Wednesday] night."
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has said that the league will not play a season any shorter than 48 games, leaving the sides less than four weeks to get a deal in place. While the pessimistic news coming from each side is extremely discouraging, it is important to note that the talks between the two sides were to be kept quiet from the media after last week's debacle between the league and the Union.
While fans are trying to hold out hope that there could be a season, many may be looking to fill the void the lockout is leaving in their lives for the rest of the season.