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NHL cancels season through October 24

6:49 PM, Oct 4, 2012   |    comments
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By Kevin M Allen, USA TODAY

With no end in sight to the 19-day-old player lockout, the NHL has postponed its Oct. 11 opening day and canceled the first 82 games of the regular season.

The cancellation covers all games through Oct. 24.

This is the third time in the past 18 years that NHL games have been canceled because of a lockout. The last time it happened, in 2004-05, the NHL eventually canceled the entire season.

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Players and owners are stalemated over the question of how to split hockey-related revenue. At the end of the collective bargaining agreement that ended Sept. 15, players were receiving 57% and owners were receiving 43%.

In their last proposal, owners offered a six-year deal with players' share at 49% and continuing downward to 47%.

The players have said they will give owners more to help financially distressed teams, but they want to keep their current real dollars take of $1.8 billion. They have offered to give owners a greater share of the anticipated revenue growth.

Most teams are offering to refund season-ticket money on a month-by-month basis, or will offer ticket holders interest if they allow the teams to keep their money.

"My money will remain with the team. It's hard but they will get it eventually anyway, so I'll support them through all of this," said Predators fan Jay Glynn, who has been a season ticket holder since 2001.

"I don't blame one side or the other, I feel if you look at each side, there's enough blame to go around. I hate the fact that it has to come to this point, why does it take making fans suffer before one side or the other can make their point. I don't really see how either side can win."

USA TODAY

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