MANILA, Philippines – The National Hockey League (NHL) and its Players Association refused to commit to face-to-face negotiations aimed at ending the labor unrest.
Instead, Day One of the lockout was spent on a public relations battle between the two camps.
The league issued a message to fans defending their position to change the existing deal, while the players’ union released a video explaining why they wanted to keep the current set-up.
With both sides having walked away from the negotiating table, it was unclear when talks would resume.
Industrial disputes are not uncommon in North American professional sports.
The NHL became the third major sports organization to impose a lockout in the past 18 months, following the National Football League and the National Basketball Association. – Report from ANC.