Have players trusted the NHLPA/agents too much in the past?
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12-11-2012, 05:41 AM
Join Date: Dec 2010
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The history indicates that unions were required in sports so that the playing field became more level and the players got their piece of the pie. Men like Marvin Miller and Donald Fehr were integral to the pieces of the baseball pie being divided up somewhat fairly. From what I understand of the current lockout is that the owners, at one point, were willing to offer a 50/50 deal. Fehr and the NHLPA rejected the offer based on concerns that it only appeared 50/50, but in reality was an underhanded maneuver by the owners. Obviously trust is still a major issue. However, none of the current players have to work construction jobs in the off season, pay medical or dental bills for themselves or their families and many won't have to worry about a paltry pension. A some point, you would think the players would realize that they are losing valuable time in their careers and not making a dime while waiting for the perfect deal to arrive at their doorstep. I wonder about how much they get caught up in Fehr's "shoulds" and end up forgetting that time is of the essence. Sometimes you just gotta say 'good enough'.
If you are a $2 million a year guy, at the moment you have lost a million dollars. Maybe a little bit more. But the effects of this new CBA could potentially have an impact on several million dollars of future earnings. If the new CBA guts the middle class, then you have truly struck for nothing.
It's something Fehr does well, compare it to the NBA where the stars pretty much threw the bench guys and 10 ppg guards overboard. That's never happened in MLB and it hasn't happened in the NHL either.
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