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11-13-2012, 11:59 AM
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overpass
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Originally Posted by Theokritos View Post
The NHL has a monopoly on elite level hockey in North America, that's limitation enough.



That compares to the assignment of NHL players to farm clubs. I don't have an issue with that. Your example is not comparable to the Entry Draft however. A valid comparison would be an "Entry Draft" held by the 30 top car manufacturers in North America assigning entry-level workers to certain manufacturers. Worker A can only work for Ford, Worker B can only work for GM and so on. Does that sound legal to you?



The preservation of the health care system is in the public interest. Like all young men in my country I was obliged to serve either in the army (for 6 months) or in a social service provider (for 9 months). I had to work in a nursing home and even though it wasn't my choice to serve at all in the first place, I accept that the state can force you to do so for the common good of the people. But only the state (monopoly on the use of force), with private enterprises (like the NHL) it's a different matter. Public interest? The NHL Entry Draft only serves the business interests of NHL franchises and maybe (just maybe) the interests of North American hockey fans. That's not enough to deny employees their rights/freedoms (and we're talking about rights/freedoms here for they are accepted and observed as such in other business and industries).



I have explicitly stated that it's not slavery we're talking about.
I don't think it's accurate to compare individual NHL clubs to competitors such as GM and Ford. NHL clubs are business partners first and competitors second. The league as a whole has always had the final say on the player roster of individual clubs. We can go back to 1920 when the NHL assigned star Ottawa defenceman Sprague Cleghorn to Hamilton, because the Ottawa club was too strong and it was in the best interests of the league to spread out the talent.

The NHL as an organization has collectively bargained with the players association that players who enter the league are not free to choose the NHL club for whom they play. They gain that right after a certain amount of time. This is analogous to a player being assigned to a different office upon joining a firm. If the player doesn't.like it they are free to play in another league. If they simply must play in an elite-level league in North America they are free to line up some investors and arenas and start their own elite-level league in North America.There is no legal reason for the NHL to hold a monopoly in this area.

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