Mark Recchi's advice to players is to sign CBA now
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11-15-2012, 12:51 PM
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Here's the thinking:
If you review the history of labour agreements in sports you'll generally find the best organized and unified side will come out on top.
If someone had broken the unity of the players in earlier disputes in both baseball or hockey, we'd be looking at players in much worse positions.
That history should be respected, and to do what Recchi is doing is both hypocritical and disrespectful to those who went before him that allowed him to earn 50 million during his career.
So, unless you can be 100% certain (which I would argue you can't) that you've entirely maximized your position you must remain unified. Fehr is actually quite reasonable, even during the strikes he went through, most legal decisions sided with the players. He's painted in a negative light without due cause if you ask me, and has definitely shown deference and respect to the opinion of the players.
How is it hypocritical? Unless you can be 100% certain that Recchi has never voiced similar opinons when he was within the union and in these situations, you can't really say that having an opinion now is hypocritical of him. Disrespectful, perhaps.
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