The NHL players’ union presented a counteroffer to the league Monday in the latest attempt to resolve a lockout and start a shortened season.
The NFL Players Association’s claim of collusion by league owners has been rejected by the federal judge who has previously sided with the players.
Anticipating a possible antitrust suit, the NHL is bringing its labor fight against players to federal court.
With the lockout lingering into another week, the NHL labor talks are set to resume Tuesday with six owners and six players scheduled to meet while a couple of key figures remain on the sidelines of the negotiations.
While thousands of employees for the now bankrupt Hostess Brands Inc. are being shown the door, executives with the company could soon be receiving close to $2 million in bonus pay.
With the help of federal mediators, the NHL and the players’ association got back to bargaining Wednesday after a week apart.
Federal mediators are entering the stalled NHL labor talks, with the season’s first 2 1/2 months already lost because of the lockout.
Wednesday was the 67th day of the lockout. More than a quarter of the regular season already has been canceled.
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.
In a brief filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, the players dispute the league’s framing of the cases as a labor issue governed by collective bargaining agreements.
A total of 135 games through Nov. 1 have been canceled, which amounts to 11 percent of the season.
NFL executives want to change the culture of the league to reduce head injuries. So far this season, there’s evidence it’s going to be a tough road.