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NHL, players can't reach labor agreement, season cancelled

[JURIST] National Hockey League [official website] Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday [NHL statement] that the 2004-2005 hockey season has been cancelled because the league and the NHL Players' Association [union website] could not reach a new collective bargaining agreement [text of expired agreement; additional background]. The lockout over the salary cap was announced last September [JURIST report] and continues despite last minute efforts by both sides to reach an agreement Tuesday night. Recorded video of Bettman's announcement is available; the Players' Association has scheduled a press conference for late Wednesday afternoon. AP has more.

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