Obama urges NHL and union to 'do right by your fans'
President Barack Obama waves to reporters as they shout questions to him regarding the fiscal cliff as he walks across Pennsylvania Avenue back to the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, December 13, 2012 8:46PM EST
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is urging the NHL and the players' association to "do right by your fans" and find a solution to the league's lockout.
Obama says in an interview with WCCO-TV in Minneapolis that as president, he shouldn't have to get involved in a sports lockout. He says owners and players "make a lot of money and you make a lot of money on the backs of the fans, so do right by your fans."
Representatives from both sides met with a federal mediator Thursday but didn't make any noticeable progress. The two sides appear no closer to a deal to save the season.
Obama says both sides "can figure out how to spread out a bunch of revenue" and should do right by the people who support them.