Hockey Coming Back To Arena District

Jan 7, 2013

The NHL and the players' association have announced a tentative labor agreement that will save at least part of the hockey season in Columbus and other NHL cities.

A marathon negotiating session that lasted more than 16 hours and stretched from early Saturday afternoon until yesterday morning produced a deal that will ultimately end the lockout that reached 113 days. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Few details of the agreement have been released, and NHL Players Association Executive Director Donald Fehr says there's a reason for that.

Multiple sources say the tentative deal would be for ten years, but would allow either side to opt out after an eight-year period. The agreement would pave the way for a 48-game season that would tentatively begin January 19. The deal would also set a salary cap of $64.3 million for next season.