NHLPA scoring system revealed
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11-09-2004, 06:17 PM
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The league was sued for doing that according to the article in the past. If 2 or more teams use common information to offer lower salaries to players it is considered collusion and illegal.
The difference is the league (owners) are competing against each other for a player. The NHLPA forces agents to register with the system and post contract information and then all information is shared by this software to tell agents what asking price to go for.
It is illegal for one group, but legal for the other. But hey, if the rules are on your side then go for it.
it isn't simply that it is illegal for one group and legal for the other, when it comes to labor contracts the 2 groups are on complete opposite sides of the spectrum. employers (the owners) are subject to different rules then the employees (the players)
and again the players only determine an asking price, they can't determine the final salary...the arguement that they could make is that they are setting their asking price at what they feel is fair value and when the team counters with what they feel is fair value, negotiations take place.
also the agents are using a sophisticated way to share public information, they are not sharing secret information and this info is available to the owners too...if thornton and heatley are both free agents, the bruins & thrashers can't call each other and say "don't offer your guy more then $3.5 mil" but if thornton signs a new deal this year, next summer when heatley's contract is up, the thrashers can refer back to thornton's deal and argue that heatley deserves less or the same...
there is a big difference between collusion and using current contracts to determine market value...the owners are doing the same thing, they are just getting beat at the game.
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