NHL Cancels Another 104 Hockey Games Through December 30
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TORONTO – The National Hockey League on Monday canceled another 104 regular-season games through December 30 as the players lockout continues.
The latest round of game cancelations means the league has wiped out 526 games, or 42.8 percent of the 2012-13 season.
The move also heralds continuing disruption for North American broadcasters, including NBC Sports and the CBC, Sportsnet and TSN in Canada, which depend on live TV hockey games to drive their schedules and ad revenues.
"Trying to set up something for this week, but nothing finalized yet," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told NHL.com on Monday.
The NHL and the NHL Players Association have not met to negotiate a new collective agreement since three days of talks last week ended on Thursday.
The league insists the talks broke off due to an “impasse,” even as press reports last week indicated progress has been made and that the outlines of a new deal are close at hand.
Resuming NHL play at the earliest on New Year’s Eve would mean the league could offer fans in arenas and at home at most a shortened 48-game season this year.