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NHL owners and players exchange offers, mediators may enter process

The NHL lockout entered its 82nd day on Thursday, and long meetings between the two sides continue to yield no results. The league and players' association met on Tuesday and then again for 9 hours on Wednesday to try to come to terms on a new CBA. Third-party mediators may enter the negotiation process, reports the Sports Business Journal's Liz Mullen via Twitter:

https://twitter.com/SBJLizMullen/status/276752457894350848

The union said it would consider a 10-year agreement, something that had been discussed earlier, despite the fact that they do not want to go past six years. (The last CBA was a seven-year deal.)

The two sides will reportedly resume talks on Thursday afternoon, and outsiders have expressed optimism about the prospects of getting a deal done:

https://twitter.com/reporterchris/status/276752907309830144

https://twitter.com/JoshuaCooper/status/276734233475706880

https://twitter.com/ChrisBottaNHL/status/276751617074794496

Games through Dec. 14 along with the Winter Classic and All-Star game have already been cancelled.

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