Blount: Fehr gives union edge, so lockout could be lengthy

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 18, 2012 - 11:13 AM

The NHLPA finally has an experienced, brilliant and fearless negotiator in Donald Fehr at its helm, one who understands both his constituents and his adversary. That's good news for the players.

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IntoblivionSep. 17, 1210:08 PM

So they're more unified than when they flushed a season away '04-05? Great news, now '13-14 is in doubt.

april24Sep. 17, 1211:18 PM

All this "we're more unified" stuff is a joke. They were unified enough to kill a whole season last time. It was only later in the process where some players came to their senses and said enough was enough. Who do they think has more resources to win this fight? The players live on the money the owners give them. The owners live on the money they make in their other business interests. If the owners are serious they can wait five years if they want. I am a pro union guy but this is a little different. I just hope the players realize that Fehr isn't a magician. He can't deliver this if the owners truly don't want it. To waste a few seasons figuring that out is ridiculous. It's not like the players have no idea of the owners resolve. They lost a whole season already figuring it out. Now they think just because they have Fehr that it will be different? So sad...

dicer666Sep. 18, 12 2:05 AM

Unions are downfall of this great nations of ours...both in public and private sector. All owners have main source of income other than hockey revenue. If I were the owners, I would tell the unions to jump off a cliff.

ollie3Sep. 18, 12 6:45 AM

"Unions are downfall of this great nations of ours..."----you do realize that the owners themselves are a union, don't you? When left to their individual decisions, that is how they get to this position, where a handful are willing to spend to compete, but then the other cheap owners, through their union leader Bettman, vote to put everything on hold so they can figure out a way to "share."

cutthebullSep. 18, 12 6:56 AM

"During Fehr's 26 years as head of the baseball players' union, salaries rose from an average of $290,000 to $3.2 million." That's hardly a positive endorsement. One of the guys most responsible for the inflationary spiral in professional sports is back at it again. The players deserve a fair deal, but in the end, the fans are the only ones who will feel the pinch.

nomedsSep. 18, 12 7:22 AM

The players are willing to lose $million paychecks and also they lose another year off their careers. They lose something they can never get back. Obviously, they never took an economics class. It's called opportunity cost.

rms316Sep. 18, 12 7:44 AM

. If the player's in any professional organization don't fight for what's fair and a good deal, the owner's are going to take more for themselves. That's jus a fact of business and life. You see it happening everywhere.

MagicSep. 18, 12 8:33 AM

Pretty simple to forecast this work stoppage. Dec 15th - Owners would like a deal to save the Winter Classic Jan 15th - If the owners lose the Winter Classic they will tell Fehr and the players "FU, See you next season" The players are trying to get a deal similar to their last contract. NEWSFLASH: Owners are not going to make a bad deal again. 57% of the profits and the owners pay all the expenses is not going to happen.The sooner Fehr and players realize that the better.

puckluck77Sep. 18, 12 9:28 AM

Just by playing a season, the Columbus Bluejackets lose 10-20 million dollars. This owner wont be in a hurry to get play going.. they arent alone, several other teams were in the red last year. Where is this magic pot of gold Fehr is taking about?? Call in a mediator and get this resolved!

dolce77Sep. 18, 12 9:42 AM

I don't see how the players win by missing out on another season. As far as I'm concerned, the owners hold all the cards. Players will always come and go. There will always be more players coming up willing to do whatever to play in the NHL. The current players should fire Donald Fehr and get back to the negotiating table with the owners or they are cutting their own throats. Lots of people in the real world are unemployed while all these prima donna's are bickering over a few extra entitlements.


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