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Bettman offers 50-50 revenue split to save NHL season

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman offers the players a new deal to end the lockout. He wants a 50-50 hockey-related revenue split to ensure a full 82-game season.
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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman offers the players a new deal to end the lockout. He wants a 50-50 hockey-related revenue split to ensure a full 82-game season.

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