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Saturday talks fail to save NHL season

NEW YORK, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Last-ditch negotiations to save the NHL season failed in New York Saturday, despite involvement by Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.

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NEW YORK, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- from the hockey news:

Hockey might be played after all

TORONTO, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A meeting was scheduled for Saturday between NHL and union officials amid speculation the hockey season might be saved after all.

NHL season officially canceled

NEW YORK, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The National Hockey League season was canceled Wednesday, the first time a major North American team sport has lost an entire campaign.

NHL puts 'final' offer on table

TORONTO, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman sent the NHLPA his final offer Tuesday and demanded an answer by 11:00 a.m. EST Wednesday.

NHL talks go on, will continue Friday

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- An eight-hour NHL negotiating session ended Thursday night and more talks were set for Friday amid a report the league season is about to be cancelled.

NHL's latest offer rejected by players

NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The National Hockey League's latest offer to its locked-out players was quickly rejected Wednesday.

NHL reportedly has new offer for players

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The NHL reportedly may be ready to make another offer to its players in an effort to end a lengthy lockout.

NHL labor talks to continue

TORONTO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Representatives of hockey's team owners and players agreed to continue meeting Wednesday, but declined to characterize the status of negotiations.

NHL negotiator: 'Good communication'

TORONTO, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- NHL negotiator Bill Daly said Thursday there had been, "two good days of communication," in an attempt to save a portion of the 2004-05 season.

No progress reported from hockey meeting

CHICAGO, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- No progress was reported Wednesday in the ongoing National Hockey League labor dispute, but the two sides agreed to hold another meeting.

NHL cancels board of governors meeting

TORONTO, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A meeting of the NHL Board of Governors scheduled for Jan. 14 was cancelled Thursday because no progress has been made in the current labor stalemate.

Both sides reject hockey proposals

TORONTO, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Both sides rejected projected proposals in the NHL labor talks Tuesday.

No NHL labor peace in sight

TORONTO, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday the latest proposal from the players' union was a step in the right direction.
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Gary Bettman
National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks at a press conference on November 4, 2005 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. (UPI Photo/Mark Goldman)

Gary Bruce Bettman (born June 2, 1952) is the commissioner of the National Hockey League (NHL), a post he has held since February 1, 1993. Previously, Bettman was a senior vice-president and general counsel to the National Basketball Association (NBA). Bettman is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law.

Under Bettman, the NHL has seen rapid growth of league revenues, from $400 million when he was hired to over $2.2 billion in 2006–07. He also oversaw the expansion the NHL's footprint across the United States, with six new teams added during his tenure, bringing the NHL to 30.

However, Bettman has also been in the middle of controversy during his tenure. He has often been criticized for attempting to "Americanize" the game, and expanding the league into non-traditional hockey markets such as the American South at the expense of the more traditional markets in Canada and the Northern United States. Bettman was also a central figure of two labor stoppages, including the 2004–05 NHL lockout that saw the entire season canceled. These controversies have made him unpopular among fans around the league.

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