New York, NY (Sports Network) - The National Hockey League announced thecancellation of its 2012-13 regular-season schedule for the entire month ofNovember on Friday.
"The National Hockey League deeply regrets having to take this action. Bypresenting a proposal to the NHLPA that contemplated a fair division ofrevenues and was responsive to Player concerns regarding the value of theircontracts, we had hoped to be able to forge a long-term Collective BargainingAgreement that would have preserved an 82-game Regular Season for our fans.Unfortunately, that did not occur," said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly ina statement.
"We acknowledge and accept that there is joint responsibility in collectivebargaining and, though we are profoundly disappointed that a new agreement hasnot been attained to this point, we remain committed to achieving an agreementthat is fair for the Players and the Clubs -- one that will be good for thegame and our fans."
The move comes one week after games through Nov. 1 were excised, and eightdays after the league rejected three separate proposals presented by theNHLPA.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman submitted a six-year offer to the NHLPA onOct. 16, one that included a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue and allowedfor a full 82-game season to begin on Nov. 2. The league's self-imposeddeadline for the players' union to accept that proposal expired on Thursday.
The lockout, which began on Sept. 16, has now caused the cancellation of 326regular-season games.