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12-18-2012, 01:00 PM
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I am Uneducated Regarding the Lockout and its Implications - Help

Hi, I have two questions

1. If the players union dissolves, what does that actually do? Has there been other players unions that have dissolved in the past in other sports?

2. Is there a chance that the NHL will be no more?

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Hi, I have two questions

1. If the players union dissolves, what does that actually do? Has there been other players unions that have dissolved in the past in other sports?

2. Is there a chance that the NHL will be no more?
1. If the union decertifies it would allow the players to file anti trust lawsuits against the league as individuals. The NFL players did it during the last lockout. I could be wrong but I don't think the Union could dissolve completely.

2. I would say no but who knows at this point.

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I have heard that if the PA dissolves, then all the players become free agents and basically all contracts are void. Is this true?

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I have heard that if the PA dissolves, then all the players become free agents and basically all contracts are void. Is this true?
If the union dissolves then the owners are saying they would seek to have all contracts voided because they were negotiated under a collectively bargained agreement. And for a CBA to be valid you need a group of workers (the NHLPA) and a group of owners (the NHL). It doesn't work with the players as individuals. All of this is just posturing though as both sides realize moving forward without a players union is unrealistic.

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I have heard that if the PA dissolves, then all the players become free agents and basically all contracts are void. Is this true?
It can be seen as an empty threat by the NHL in hopes of discouraging the NHLPA from filing a DOI.

Since your existing questions have been answered, I'm going to close this thread. We have an excellent FAQ here:

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh....php?t=1284421

All further questions can be posted in the all-purpose lockout thread stickied at the top of this forum.

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