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NHL labor talks stall

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The NHL is getting closer to imposing a lockout after contract negotiations between the league and the players' union Friday in New York broke down.

Talks ended after the NHL Players Association responded to the league's counter proposal that was presented earlier in the week, according to

The two sides are apparently far apart on how to divide hockey-related revenue. The NHL wants to decrease the players' share from 57 percent to 46 percent. The players do not want to agree on any absolute salary decreases. Instead, their proposal includes a three-year system with four-year options that allow them to receive their current share of revenues.

Commissioner Gary Bettman denied NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr's accusation that owners elected to end Friday's meeting and accused the players' union of "stonewalling."

"That's an unfair and inaccurate characterization," Bettman said.

The current collective bargaining agreement ends Sept. 15. No further negotiations are scheduled.

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