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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

NHL End Threatened

NEW YORK () -- National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman said he would cancel the season if a collective-bargaining agreement with the locked-out Players' Association is not reached in time to play a 50-game schedule with Stanley Cup playoffs by July 1.

Indications are an agreement must be reached before Christmas to salvage an abbreviated season. Chances of that are slim. "When we're there," Bettman said of a deadline, "we're going to know it."

Asked if talks could continue into January, he said, "I don't think so."