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NHL, Players Union Continue Labor Talks Seeking to End Lockout

Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) -- The National Hockey League and its players’ union will meet today for the fourth time in five days as they attempt to reach an agreement to end a lockout that started Sept. 16.

“We look forward to resuming talks tomorrow,” Don Fehr, executive director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association, said last night in a statement.

Until this week, talks that focused on economic issues such as revenue sharing and players’ salaries had been stalled since Oct. 18.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the substance of the latest talks will not be made public until there is a conclusion to the labor dispute.

The deadline passed for the league to schedule a full regular season, which was set to start Oct. 11. The league locked out its players on Sept. 16, the day after the old collective bargaining agreement expired.

A total of 327 regular-season games through Nov. 30 have been canceled, including the annual outdoor Winter Classic. That game, between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs and scheduled for Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, was called off last week.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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