A Better Way to Negotiate for the NHL (and for Fans)

The NHL's half-season stalemate shows the need for new ways to end lockouts
The Los Angeles Kings and fans celebrate the team's 2012 Stanley Cup win during a parade in Los Angeles Photograph by Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

When National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters at the end of December that a labor agreement needed to be in place by Jan. 11 in order to have even an abbreviated season, it became almost inevitable that a deal would happen near that date. Bettman had set a deadline and, as a rule, win-lose negotiations don’t get done without one. So Sunday’s news that the season was not lost, while welcome to hockey fans, came as an anticlimax.

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