(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY JAMAL ANDRESS

With more than 50 percent of the NHL season already cancelled, the players are making one last push to save the 2013 season. Here’s ESPN.

 

“In day 97 of the NHL lockout the NHL Players Association is moving closer to dissolving which would prohibit players from collective bargaining as a union.”

 

The AP reports more than 700 players participated in the vote on whether to grant the Executive Board the right to disband the union and 97% agreed to it.
Why the overwhelming support? Here’s Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia...

 

“The NHLPA now has the option of dissolving their union which would allow players to file an antitrust lawsuit against the league.”

 

Hockey Magazine The Fourth Period adds: “Providing the Players were to move ahead with their own lawsuits, and were to be successful, teams could be forced to triple the players' lost wages in damages.”

 

Players took similar steps during the 2011 NBA and NFL lockouts. Turns out the prospect of hundreds of lawsuits can be a pretty effective bargaining tool. Here’s Bleacher Report.

 

“...the NBAPA filed a disclaimer of interest in November, 2011. NBA commissioner David Stern immediately decried the move and said the NBA was moving into its ‘nuclear winter,’ but the two sides worked out an agreement on its differences 12 days later.”

 

Despite history showing this as a successful tactic, one analyst for the New England Sports Network calls it a desperate move by the players to gain some ground.

 

“They’re running out of cards, they’re running out of avenues to find leverage. They certainly believe this is one of the last cards they have to play. Hopefully this brings people back to the table.”

 

The players have until Jan 2nd to dissolve the union if they choose to do so. The NHL must come to an agreement with the players by late January in order to save any part of the season.

NHL Players Take Steps to Dissolve Players Union

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Dec 22, 2012

NHL Players Take Steps to Dissolve Players Union

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY JAMAL ANDRESS

With more than 50 percent of the NHL season already cancelled, the players are making one last push to save the 2013 season. Here’s ESPN.

 

“In day 97 of the NHL lockout the NHL Players Association is moving closer to dissolving which would prohibit players from collective bargaining as a union.”

 

The AP reports more than 700 players participated in the vote on whether to grant the Executive Board the right to disband the union and 97% agreed to it.
Why the overwhelming support? Here’s Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia...

 

“The NHLPA now has the option of dissolving their union which would allow players to file an antitrust lawsuit against the league.”

 

Hockey Magazine The Fourth Period adds: “Providing the Players were to move ahead with their own lawsuits, and were to be successful, teams could be forced to triple the players' lost wages in damages.”

 

Players took similar steps during the 2011 NBA and NFL lockouts. Turns out the prospect of hundreds of lawsuits can be a pretty effective bargaining tool. Here’s Bleacher Report.

 

“...the NBAPA filed a disclaimer of interest in November, 2011. NBA commissioner David Stern immediately decried the move and said the NBA was moving into its ‘nuclear winter,’ but the two sides worked out an agreement on its differences 12 days later.”

 

Despite history showing this as a successful tactic, one analyst for the New England Sports Network calls it a desperate move by the players to gain some ground.

 

“They’re running out of cards, they’re running out of avenues to find leverage. They certainly believe this is one of the last cards they have to play. Hopefully this brings people back to the table.”

 

The players have until Jan 2nd to dissolve the union if they choose to do so. The NHL must come to an agreement with the players by late January in order to save any part of the season.

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