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Thursday, July 14, 2005

nhl- Bettman smelled Weakness

from the Toronto Globe and Mail, Some day, when they're writing the story of how big league professional hockey players lost their clout, the events of last February will loom large.
Yesterday, the National Hockey League and its players' association announced they had finally settled on a new collective bargaining agreement. It's a true partnership now, both sides will claim, which is fine and dandy just so long as you like and trust your new bosom buddies and are secure in the belief that they're competent businessmen.
Historically, the players have been none of the above when it comes to the owners, for darned good reason. But they'll have to do their best to make this shotgun marriage work because they have no choice in the matter. So much of their power, their leverage, has evaporated....continued...