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NEW YORK (AP) -- If the NHL and the players' association are going to make a deal to save the hockey season, they are likely going to have to do it by themselves.
A pair of federal mediators tried to help for two days, but even they couldn't bring the fighting sides closer to a compromise.
"After spending several hours with both sides over two days, the presiding mediators concluded that the parties remained far apart, and that no progress toward a resolution could be made through further mediation at this point in time," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement Thursday. "We are disappointed that the mediation process was not successful."
So far, nothing has been.
Two members from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service joined the discussions on Wednesday and Thursday and failed to make a breakthrough. Now the owners and players are back on their own to somehow find a compromise.
"The mediators informed the parties that they did not think it was productive to continue the discussions further today," players' association executive director Donald Fehr said in a statement Thursday. "The mediators indicated that they would stay in contact with the league and the NHLPA, and would call the parties back together when they thought the time was right."
The bottom line is that, 75 days into the owners' lockout of players, there is no end in sight. The lockout has already forced the cancellation of games through Dec. 14, the New Year's Day Winter Classic, and the All-Star weekend in January.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman offered the union a meeting that would consist of only owners and players -- without the presence of leaders on both sides of the dispute -- Daly told The Associated Press in an email. He added that the union was considering the proposal and would get back to the league.
"We will be discussing all matters regarding the last two days of mediation as well as potential next steps with the executive board and negotiating committee," NHLPA spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon said.
After agreeing to help from mediators Monday, the league and the union returned to the bargaining table Wednesday for their first face-to-face talks in a week. Those discussions lasted for about six hours.
They met again Thursday morning until late afternoon before breaking off.
The next sure thing on the hockey calendar is the NHL board of governors, scheduled next Wednesday in New York. Meanwhile, the players could seek to decertify the union and challenge the lockout in court.
Either way, the sides are getting close to losing another season to labor strife. The NHL is already the only major North American sports league to cancel a season because of such a dispute -- when the 2004-05 schedule was wiped out.
Mediation didn't work back then, either, though the collective bargaining agreement that recently expired was ultimately hammered out. Mediators were summoned in February, shortly before the season was canceled.
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Federal Mediation between the NHL and NHLPA concluded yesterday. It didn't go well. No ground was made.
"I'm really surprised federal mediation didn't work," said no one ever.
Anyways here's Bill Daily's response:
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly issued the following statement regarding the two days of meetings that concluded...
The NHL and NHLPA met on Wednesday and again on Thursday, but this time with federal mediators in an attempt to use a third party to alleviate the differences to end the ongoing feud between the players and owners.
And after two days of meeting with representatives from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly left Thursday’s meetings with...
Whatever hope fans had of federal mediation helping to put an end to the NHL lockout will be disappointed. Today NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the following: “Today, we concluded two days of mediation with FMCS mediators and representatives […]
Whether federal mediators will provide enough help to end the NHL lockout in time to save the hockey season is still unknown.
At least they had a good first day.
Negotiators from the NHL and the players' association returned to the bargaining table Wednesday for the first time in a week and the first time with outside voices contributing to the talks.
The location was secret...
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Glendale's City Council voted late Tuesday night in favor of a reworked 320 million arena management deal with Greg Jamison, clearing the way for the former San Jose Sharks CEO to complete his purchase of the team from the NHL.
I see that the lockout doomsday clock now reads 11:50 PM. After the Board of Governors meet to tacitly approve the cancelation of the 2012-2013 season, some progress may be made in a last-ditch effort to save the season...
But I doubt much will get done until the last bit of leverage Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and the Board can take off the negotiating table is gone, and we're...
Seems like things are finally getting serious in the NHL negotiations, folks – the NHL and the NHLPA have agreed to meet with federal mediators to help with the negotiation process towards a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
"We are able to confirm that we have agreed to a request by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to engage in meetings with the Union...
NEW YORK (AP) The NHL, the players' association and now even federal mediators agree on one thing: The bickering sides are nowhere near a deal that would put hockey back on the ice.
The league and the union wrapped up two days of talks Thursday in New Jersey, with help from mediators, but moved no closer to a solution to save the season that has already been delayed and shortened...
After a second straight day of federal mediators presiding over CBA discussions, we're no closer to a deal getting done than we were in August. In fact the mediators seem to have thrown their hands up the way fans have.
Here's NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly...
"Today, we concluded two days of mediation with FMCS mediators and representatives of the NHL Players...