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No Good News for the NHL Lockout

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to reporters after meeting with team owners, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 in New York.  The current collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players expires Saturday at midnight.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

After the NHL made public their most recent offer to the NHL players' association, they lay in wait for the NHLPA's response, hoping they'd be enticed by the inclusion of a 50-50 revenue split. Today, the union made not one but three such counteroffers, and ... nope. After a very brief period of deliberation, Gary Bettman announced this afternoon that the parties had made absolutely no progress in resolving their differences, even calling the most recent exchange a "step backward." The NHLPA took stances that Bettman described as mere variations of proposals made over the summer.

Basically, the hopes of having a full NHL season — if any season at all — are back to dwindling fast after the recent bit of optimism. Suggestions of some semblance of convergence regarding the revenue split are mildly encouraging, but this is still bad news.

Photo: Mary Altaffer