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NHL CBA Negotations Not Going Very Well

Stop me if you've heard this before: the NHL players and owners are at each other's throats as the September 15 deadline to approve of a new CBA before a lockout looms in the horizon:

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Both the players and the owners have offered initial proposals, and the two sides are reportedly miles apart.

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While that's not all that unexpected in negotiations over a multi-billion dollar business, it's not an encouraging sign for a sport that missed the entire 2004-2005 season in a similar dispute.

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Ironically, the fact that NHL fans came back to the rink so quickly may end up helping both sides justify missing the start of the 2012-2013 season.

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For the Stars, looking forward to their most promising season in some time, the spectre of a lockout is yet another hurdle for growing the sport in Dallas.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.