The door slams shut. You panic and look around and realize you have locked your keys inside your car or house. While you may search the work “locksmith” to find a professional to help, just who shows up at your door is anybody’s guess.
With no negotiations scheduled, and overall communication shutting down, too, the NHL appears to be getting close to calling off more games, putting the entire hockey season in jeopardy.
Both sides kept details of the meeting, which lasted over seven hours, close to the vest. That also could be taken as an optimistic sign that the second round of talks in four days went well.
The NHL has canceled all its games through the end of November because of the labor dispute between owners and players.
With only hours remaining before an NHL-imposed deadline to make a deal with the players’ association and preserve a full hockey season, all was quiet between the sides.
A total of 135 games through Nov. 1 have been canceled, which amounts to 11 percent of the season.
The first document is the 10-point offer and the second includes a detailed explanation of the proposal. Both documents are published in full on the league’s website.
The NHL has made a new offer to the players’ association that proposes a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue and a full 82-game season starting Nov. 2.
NHLPA executive director Don Fehr has maintained the two sides can continue discussions beyond Sept. 15, and there is no need for the league to lock out its players.
A federal appeals court has agreed to a speeded-up schedule to hear the NFL’s appeal of the order that lifted the lockout a week ago.
Backup quarterback Stephen McGee was among several players who visited Dallas Cowboys headquarters the morning after the lockout was lifted.
A U.S. District Court judge said she will need more time to rule on whether or not to grant an injunction to lift the NFL lockout.