Obama: Set­tle for fans’ sake

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS -

Two days of talks be­tween the NHL, the play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion, and fed­eral me­di­a­tors still haven’t pro­vided any an­swers how to end the lock­out. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the fight­ing sides made it into the same room with a fed­eral me­di­a­tor Thurs­day. They just didn’t make any no­tice­able progress. Af­ter a failed day Wed­nes­day when the par­ties on ei­ther end of the hockey la­bor dis­pute never met with each other, lawyers from each group spoke face to face Thurs­day. They ap­pear no closer to a deal to save the sea­son. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama ad­dressed the stale­mate dur­ing an in­ter­view Thurs­day with WCCOTV in Min­neapo­lis. “My mes­sage to own­ers and to play­ers is, ‘You guys make a lot of money and you make a lot of money on the backs of fans, so do right by your fans. You can fig­ure out how to spread out a bunch of rev­enue that you’re bring­ing in, but do right by the peo­ple who sup­port you,’” Obama said. Both sides plan to meet again to­day.

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