Council president says proposed Newark arena not affected by hockey lockout

The proposed Newark arena will not be impacted by the pro hockey lockout, says Council President Donald Bradley.

The National Hockey League is locking out its players because the owners want a salary cap, but the players union has said it would never accept such a plan. The 2004-2005 season is in jeopardy, but Bradley says the lockout and the arena are two separate issues.

Council members insist that the arena will be used for other entertainment events besides New Jersey Devils games. Even though the proposed arena may not feel the effects of the lockout, some believe the Meadowlands -- current home of the Devils -- could be impacted by the long-term lockout.

The Devils were the driving force behind the Newark arena proposal.

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