Bettman rejects proposal; counteroffer turned down

Updated: December 15, 2004, 2:20 AM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- The NHL moved a step closer to losing the season Tuesday, when the league and players' association rejected proposals for a new collective bargaining agreement.

The second negotiating session in a week lasted 3½ hours. The league turned down the players' association offer from last Thursday and presented a salary cap-based counterproposal for an hour. The union then held its own discussions for 2½ hours before rejecting the offer and ending the meeting that came on ...

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