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NHL Lockout 2012: Gary Bettman Sets Saturday Deadline For Deal

Gary Bettman and the NHL's board of governors met in NY on Thursday, and after the meeting Bettman had some comments for the media. The commissioner confirmed that all 30 teams voted in favor of locking out the players if an new agreement hasn't been reached by 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Bettman pointed out the the player's share of the revenue is the major sticking point at the moment, and also noted the results of recent agreements between the NBA, NFL and their respective players in an attempt to paint the league in a better light. Both the NBA and NFL players agreed to a reduced share of their league's revenue in their most recent labor agreements.

Bettman stated that the league has been actively altering their proposal in hopes of coming to an agreement with the players, but accused the players of failing to budge in their negotiations. According to Bettman, any other meetings between the sides before Saturday would be dependent on the players.

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