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by George Malik on 09/20/12 at 04:05 PM ET
Update: Macramalla offered a summation of the NHLPA's memo in article form on TSN.
If you haven't already read the CBC's Elliotte Friemdan's slightly mind-numbing but also incredibly necessary explanation of hockey-related revenues, you need to do so, because it provides excellent context for the following Tweets. Ottawa's Team 1200's resident sports lawyer, Eric Macramalla, reports that NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr sent a memo out to his players, suggesting that an NHL which the PA already believes shares only 51% of its HRR with players is engaging in exactly what those of us who support the PA have suggested:
A pay-to-play CBA that addresses absolutely none of the NHL's 30-team business model's problems, and instead demands a gigantic cash grab now and going forward, in addition to massive concessions in player mobility, for the simple sake of being afforded the luxury of playing NHL hockey sometime this season. Or put more bluntly: this entire lockout is about a cash grab by the owners, and is nothing more and nothing less than a cash grab.
You might argue that the NHLPA's memo is just as "irrelevant" a those 100,000+ pages of audited NHL books that the PA was presented with in late July--which represented the only way by which CBA negotiations could really "begin"--but I'd argue that the NHLPA's rationale here is rock solid.
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