US & Canada

NHL locks out ice hockey players until 14 December

Yannick Weber in a Swiss National League game
Many players, like Yannick Weber of the Montreal Canadiens, are already playing in other leagues

The National Hockey League (NHL) has cancelled another two weeks of games, as the result of a lockout that threatens to wipe out the whole season.

The stoppage continues to 14 December, in a move that brings the total number of games lost to 422, or about a third of the 2012-13 season.

The US and Canadian league locked out the players in mid-September, a month before the season was due to begin.

The two sides are in a dispute over how to split $3.3bn (£2bn) in revenue.

The owners want to reduce the players' share of annual revenue to 50% from the current 57%.

The All-Star Game, which was to have been in Columbus, Ohio, on 27 January, has also been called because of the latest round of cancellations.

It follows the owners' rejection of a new offer by the Players' Association on Wednesday morning.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league is losing up to $20m per day, while the players are missing out on as much as $10m per day.

The work stoppage is the fourth in 20 years for the NHL. A previous union dispute saw the entire 2004-2005 season cancelled.

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