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by Paul on 10/24/10 at 09:38 AM ET
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Here, essentially, is the message presumptive NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr has been presenting to the players during the autumn tour preceding union balloting: “Hire me to lead or don’t hire me at all.”
This, according to sources, is the ultimate condition of employment for Fehr, who has been selling nothing more than himself and his collective bargaining accomplishments as leader of the MLBPA throughout this low-key campaign that was borne as much out of a draft as a burning desire to go to the table (or the mat) one more time on behalf of professional athletes.
The PA will not operate as a democracy in collective bargaining. It can’t. It must give its leader the same authority as the NHL has given Gary Bettman. If not, the league simply will wait for the players’ house to divide and fall, as it did the last time. If not, the players might as well give in now and save everyone the aggravation when the CBA expires before 2012-13.
That’s the meaning of the message Fehr has been delivering to the players, who, we’re told, have been nothing but receptive to it.
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