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)

(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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Jan 8, 2013 1:34 PM CST
Until sports fans stop spending ridiculous amounts of money for major league game tickets and on sports memorabilia and clothing we will continue the ridiculous rise in salaries and expense. Better to attend the college, high school, junior league, and minor league sports. The crowds are often much lighter and more fun than so many of the drunks attending major league sports.
Jan 6, 2013 11:21 PM CST
FIRE BETTMAN!!! the guy is an embarrassment to the sport! he's lead the league to 3 lockouts in 20 years, one was a completely lost season, he's booed every arena he goes to, he's saturated the market with shitty expansion cities (Phoenix, Florida/Tampa, Atlanta, Columbus etc.etc) and has done NOTHING good for the legitimate growth of the game. Hockey was once considered the fastest growing sport in north America, and then this midget came along and crushes it all! FIRE BETTMAN!!!!
Jan 6, 2013 10:53 AM CST
About time!