NHL Lockout: NHLPA Passes Vote in Favor of Enabling Disclaimer of Interest

December 22nd, 2012 by Tom Urtz Jr Leave a reply »
The NHLPA took the next big step of the NHL lockout when it revealed on Twitter that the vote to enable a disclaimer of interest passed with an overwhelming majority.

Out of 763 NHL players eligible to vote, 729 cast ballots: 706 in favor of enabling PA to disband, 22 against. No hanging chads. #NHLlockout

— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) December 22, 2012  

Now that the executive board of the NHLPA has a majority backing, it can go ahead and file the motion that would ultimately lead to something similar to a decertification of the union. 

According to TSN:

It's unlawful for competitors to get together and fix the marketplace. If they do so, they open themselves up to antitrust lawsuits. This applies to the NHL, because the 30 team owners are competitors and they get together and place restrictions on the NHL marketplace.

Things like a salary cap, free agency restrictions and rookie pay are all on their face antitrust violations. Another thing that is an antitrust violation: the owners (as competitors) getting together and agreeing to lockout the players.

The players needed t ...

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