According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the NHL and Players Association have agreed to meet with a federal mediator.
This development comes just days after the league announced further cancellations, including the All-Star Game. This past Wednesday was the last time the two sides have met to negotiate. The NHLPA’s latest offer was rejected by the league.
Upon breaking the news this afternoon, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service director George Cohen had this to say:
“At the invitation of the FMCS, and with the agreement of both parties, the ongoing negotiations will now be conducted under our auspices…”
“I have assigned deputy director Scot L. Beckenbaugh, director of mediation services John Sweeney, and commissioner Guy Serota to serve as the mediators.”
Cohen is noted for his involvement with prior labor disputes for all four major American sports over the past two decades.
While the league has been hesitant to embrace the idea of mediation, the Player’s Association has been an advocate of mediation all along. We will have more on this story as it develops…