Bettman, owners look ready for long sit-in
And so it begins.
Against a background chorus of inflammatory rhetoric and name-calling, the National Hockey League closed its doors to its players Wednesday -- setting in motion a labor stoppage that almost certainly will precipitate landmark changes to the game.
If fans were expecting that possibly saving at least half a season would put pressure on players and owners to hunker down and negotiate a settlement by the end of January, if not sooner, think again.
"We are not focused ...
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