NHL cancels first two weeks of season

(SportsData) — The National Hockey League announced Thursday that it has canceled the regular season schedule through October 24 – a total of 82 games. Per the short release from the league, “The cancellation was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.”

The league had previously canceled all preseason games, but the regular season was slated to begin Oct. 11 and no deal between the players and owners is in sight.

It is not clear yet whether the two weeks’ worth of cancelled games will be made up at some point this season; however, that likely depends in part on when a new CBA deal is reached. TSN reports the cancelled games will cost the players around $120 million in total salary.

A main sticking point between the league and union has been the matter of prospective player revenue reductions, which the NHL says is crucial to the future health of the league but that player representatives are not willing to consent towards. The league brought in an estimated $3.3 billion in total revenue last year.

The work stoppage is the first in the NHL since a lockout that led to the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 campaign.

 

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