NHL Lockout 2012: Dissolving Player Union Key to Salvaging Season

December 22nd, 2012 by Matt Fitzgerald Leave a reply »
More litigation and legalese doesn't sound like the solution to the 2012-13 NHL lockout. But the dissolving of the players' union may be just the leverage their side needs to force a new collective bargaining agreement to manifest in time to salvage this season.

Games have already been cancelled through Jan. 14 (h/t USA TODAY), which gives the league and the players a minimal amount of additional time to reach a resolution.

Ira Podell of the Associated Press reports that the players agreed to dissolve the union and file a disclaimer interest in a lopsided fashion:

In a vote this week, union members decisively agreed to give the players’ association’s board the power to file a “disclaimer of interest” until Jan. 2. A person familiar with the outcome of the vote told the Associated Press on Friday that the measure was approved by a vote of 706-22 (97 percent), easily reaching the two-thirds majority required.

As is also pointed out in Podell's article, the NBA took the same extreme measures during their lockout the previous year, and the dispute ended just two weeks later. The NHL season, if an agreement is reac ...

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