Mark Recchi's advice to players is to sign CBA now
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11-15-2012, 06:52 PM
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There are two sides to communication, speaking and listening. If misinformation is presented regarding a dialogue, we need evidence of whether it was in the speaking or listening half. I am no fan of Fehr, but it is possible that Crosby didn't hear or didn't understand Fehr. Crosby does bear responsibility for either his lack of understanding or his unwillingness to verify that which was communicated to him. Historically, players have tended to not involve themselves in the PA until the CBA expiration rolls around. If you listen to quotes from players about electing reps, it is not uncommon for some player to agree to be a rep because no one else will and it is not uncommon for a team to be without a rep because someone stepped down or was traded and no one was willing to step up.
From all the history of quotes coming from players about representation, I doubt whether their are more than a half dozen who are consistently interested in what the PA is doing enough to investigate information that is told them.
If anything, I would hope that Fehr is inspiring them to get more involved in the organization that considerably effects all of their lives.
Fehr's job is to communicate to his membership clearly enough that they will understand. Cosby's not alone in that, when pressed for details of what they're fighting for, he gets it wrong.
In normal structures, such as, say, representative democracy, the masses choose people from their ranks to act as go betweens and understand these issues better to act as a 'check' against the executive (in this case Fehr). The PA has traditionally done this.
Fehr doesn't work within that structure. He selects 5 or 6 guys, who may or may not be among this group in week one, then selects 5 or 6 other guys who may or may not be among this group the next week. Systemically, this structure is designed so nobody will have a clear picture of what's going on. Fehr's model is the same as Eagleson's and nothing like Goodenow's (and let's not forget, Goodenow is the only Executive director to ever do thing one in this union's interest apart from, perhaps, Kelly in his capacity as a prosecutor).
Interest or not, there can be nobody with whom "to investigate information that is told them." There's nobody to ask except the guy who has failed at informing them.
Who are they going to ask, the brother of the guy who's got them believing they're fighting for things that aren't at issue, like rollbacks and long entry level deals?
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