NHL: Fresh talks fail to end NHL labour dispute

Last Updated: 12/11/12 8:34am

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NHL fans: Still starved of action as labour dispute continues

NHL fans: Still starved of action as labour dispute continues

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Fresh negotiations between National Hockey League officials and the players' association on Sunday failed to bring a breakthrough in the long-running labour dispute.

Both sides continued to dig in over player contract issues and there is still no sign of a new collective bargaining agreement that will salvage the season.

League owners would like to avoid long-term contracts, limiting them to five years, delay free agency until a player turns 28 or plays eight years, have two-year entry deals and limit salary arbitration until after five years of play.

They also want to reduce the players' share of $3.3 billion in annual revenue to 50 percent from the current 57 percent.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said: "We made it very clear to the players' association these issues are important to us, and unless they are willing to address these issues in a meaningful way or even have a proposal to address them in a meaningful way, I don't know where we go from here."

NHL Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr said: "The owners made it clear that there is no give with respect to any of their proposals.

"That unless players are prepared to take - and this is my phrase, not theirs - down to the comma, there's nothing to do. We're past the point of give and take."

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