The NHL canceled all preseason games last Thursday, over a dispute on how to divide revenue. The regular season is supposed to begin Oct. 11.

“Businesses, workers and hockey fans played no role in causing this dispute, and it is unfair for them to have to bear this burden,” the two senators wrote. “The Senate has jurisdiction over interstate commercial activities, including professional sports, and will keep a close eye on your negotiations with hope that you will work diligently and quickly to resolve this matter.”

Newark, N.J., is home to the NHL's New Jersey Devils.