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SBD Global/July 3, 2013/Olympics

NHL, Union, Int'l Ice Hockey Federation Push Closer To Olympics Agreement

While a deal has yet to be reached between the NHL, the players' union and the Int'l Ice Hockey Federation, to send the league’s players to Sochi, a long meeting Monday "pushed the sides much closer to an agreement," according to Ira Podell of the AP. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said, "Things are moving along." Bettman, union leader Donald Fehr and IIHF President Rene Fasel "met for more than five hours Monday at league headquarters to work on a deal" that would allow NHL players to compete at the 2014 Sochi Games. Not everything "has been agreed to, and the various sides need to meet internally to sign off on any pact." Bettman: "I think it’s fair to say that we’re not quite ready to announce it’s done. We had a very constructive meeting. I am confident that we will have a solution at the end." When pressed for a timeline to get a deal done, Bettman said, "Soon. Very soon" (AP, 7/2).
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