Second day of marathon talks end without new deal
By Steve Keating
(Reuters) - After a second day of marathon talks National Hockey League (NHL) owners and players appeared no closer to a new labor deal on Wednesday and ending a lockout that is threatening to wipe out the entire season.
The two sides huddled for nearly five hours at an undisclosed location in snowy Manhattan before breaking off negotiations for the night around 9 pm ET and agreeing to resume bargaining on Thursday.
The secret meeting followed eight hours of talks on Tuesday, both sessions ending without either side offering comment.
"We do not intend to comment on the substance or subject matter of today's negotiations," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement.
The NHL players association (NHLPA) was no more forthcoming.
"The NHLPA and the NHL met today to discuss many of the key issues. We look forward to resuming talks tomorrow," said NHLPA chief Donald Fehr in an equally brief statement.
Having already canceled hundreds of regular season games along with its showcase event the New Year's day Winter Classic, owners and players representatives are coming under increasing pressure to work out a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) or risk losing an entire season for the second time in seven years.
With the lockout now in its 53rd day fans are growing increasingly agitated as are some of the league's sponsors. Continued...