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11-23-2012, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Greschner4 View Post
Because if you do it in concert, it's an antitrust violation subjecting you to treble damages. Once the union goes away, the teams can't act in unison (beyond setting rules and maybe things like negotiating TV deals). Even the threat of treble damages is a deterrent, because the teams wouldn't even want to risk them even for things that a court might eventually say are valid.

Does anyone think if the market frees up and the union goes away, the New York Rangers or Toronto Maple Leafs would close their businesses rather than deal with the new reality?
I guess the owners could just amalgamate the operations of their respective franchises based on fair market value and become one company that has 30 divisions. Each division would be able to hire staff based on a budget set down by the parent company called the NHL.

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