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Lockout Forces NHL to Cancel First Two Weeks of Season

Thursday, 04 Oct 2012 02:31 PM

 

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The National Hockey League canceled the first two weeks of the 2012-13 regular season on Thursday because of the absence of a labor agreement with locked-out players.

The decision impacts on 82 games that were scheduled to be played from Oct. 11, and marks the first time regular season NHL action has been canceled since a lockout wiped out the entire 2004-05 season.

Among the early games canceled were the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings' home opener versus the New York Rangers on Oct. 12.

The NHL imposed a lockout, which essentially halts all league operations, when the previous collective bargaining agreement expired 18 days ago with the owners and players at odds over how to divide a $3.3 billion revenue pie.

The league has already said it will lose about $100 million in revenue from its earlier decision to scrap the entire two-week preseason schedule.

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