Somewhat big day in the negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA. A federal mediator has been brought in. But don’t get to jammed up about it.[ SportingNews ]
“The federal mediator is simply trying to get the collective bargaining process to move more productively,” said Daniel E. Lazaroff, a professor at Loyola Law School and director of the Loyola Sports Law Institute. “Of course, if they reach an agreement, there won’t be a need for decertification, but it does not preclude that option at all if a mediator cannot facilitate a new collective bargaining agreement. … This is simply part of the collective bargaining process. If it fails, then we get to the legal options—union decertification, unfair labor practice charges, or antitrust suits.”
Two interesting tweets last night from two people at different ends of the spectrum.
Some agent said this:
I don't expect much to come from the mediated sessions...however I do expect the CBA to be resolved...