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Sunday, June 12, 2005

nhl- The NHLPA is Lost

from the Toronto Sun, The NHLPA stands as one of the great defenders of unfettered supply and demand.
That should be of great comfort to them in a week or so when we'll all be able to pick up one of those nice PA fleece pullovers for $1.99.
Right now, every player in the NHL must be asking how things went so bad, so fast.
Their union is in schism with Bob Goodenow and Ted Saskin in conflict over how and when to settle.
The resolve of the membership has evaporated. The public relations war has long since been lost.
They have sacrificed $1 million US in wages. The contract the players will eventually sign will be the biggest backtrack in the sport's history.
With the game's standing rivaling buffalo chip throwing in many American markets, the players have managed to bargain themselves a radically smaller portion of a dramatically tinier pie.
So how did they do it? How did the NHLPA, once a rival to baseball's union as the most militant and hard core among the big four sports, blow all this so badly.
Well, it made three mistakes....read on...