NHL, Union Strike Tentative Deal
10-year agreement still needs to be ratified by players, would save half season
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 6, 2013 5:13 AM CST
In this Dec. 6, 2012, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, right, and deputy commissioner Bill Daly speak in New York. Bettman has told the players union that a deal must be in place by Jan. 11.   (Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – The NHL and the players' association reached a tentative agreement early today to end a nearly four-month-old lockout that threatened to wipe out the season. A marathon negotiating session that lasted more than 16 hours and stretched from early yesterday afternoon until just before 6am today produced a 10-year deal that still must be ratified by the players.

After the sides stayed mostly apart for two days, following late-night talks that turned sour, federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh worked virtually around the clock to get the sides back to the bargaining table. The NHL avoided the embarrassment of having a second season lost because of a labor dispute when no other North American sports league ever had to cancel one.
 

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