The NHL is looking for an even split of revenues with the players. When it agreed last week to increase an offer of deferred payments from $211 million to $300 million _ a package aimed at making the lower percentage of revenue easier for the union to take _ it was part of a proposed package that required the union to agree on three nonnegotiable points. Instead, the players’ association accepted the raise in funds, but then made counterproposals on the issues the league stated had no wiggle room.
All games through Dec. 30 have been canceled, 43 percent of the season, along with the New Year’s Day Winter Classic and the All-Star game.
A 48-game season was played in 1995 after a lockout stretched into January. Bettman said he wouldn’t have a shorter season than that. The 2004-05 season was lost completely to a labor dispute.