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NHL Moves Closer to Canceling Entire Hockey Season AP, Deadline

The NHL has moved closer to canceling the entire hockey season, lopping off another two weeks from the schedule and canceling games through Jan. 14, reports the Associated Press.

"No drop-dead date has been announced, but it is clear the sides are running out of time to reach a deal," the story notes. "More than 50 percent of the schedule has been lost, and the rest is now in danger, too."

According to Deadline.com, "The latest deadline will be closely watched by NBC Sports and the various regional sports networks who have TV rights to the games; NBC signed a record $2 billion, 10-year TV rights deal with the NHL last year, with hockey a major programming plank in its nascent NBC Sports Network."

No new negotiations are currently scheduled between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association, the story adds.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told the AP that the two sides weren't in contact Thursday.

"I don't think either party is refusing a meeting," Daly noted Wednesday. "But unless there is an indication one side or the other is prepared to move or has a new idea to move the process forward -- and so far neither side has indicated -- I am not sure what we would do at the meeting."