Nassau lawmaker: End the NHL lockout

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, foreground, arrives with deputy NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, foreground, arrives with deputy commissioner Bill Daly as the NHL and the players' association resume negotiations in Toronto. (Oct. 16, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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A local lawmaker is calling on the NHL and its players union to bring an immediate end to the hockey lockout.

On Wednesday, Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) sent letters to National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman and Players Association Executive Director Donald Fehr, calling on both sides to save the hockey season for Long Islanders.

“Unfortunately, the potential loss of another National Hockey League season could be devastating to fans and local businesses,” Lavine wrote. “It is estimated that the recovering Long Island economy will lose out on more than $60 million in economic activity as a result of a canceled hockey season.”

On Tuesday, the league presented a new proposal that calls for a 50-50 split in revenues with the players’ association, no rollbacks in existing contracts and a condensed 82-game season that would begin Nov. 2.  

Photo: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, foreground, arrives with deputy commissioner Bill Daly as the NHL and the players' association resume negotiations in Toronto. (Oct. 16, 2012)

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