Yesterday morning, the Swedish Competition Authority (and they call themselves "socialists"?) delivered its verdict on the Elitserien precluding locked-out NHLers. Up until this point, the Elitserien operated under the stipulation that the league will not permit locked out NHL players to play in the SEL, unless said players agreed to spend the entire duration of the 2012/13 season overseas.
By rendering a decision that left the decision up to the individual Elitserien teams, the SCA has empowered and given the teams the autonomy to do what is in their own best interests.
Per Matias Strozyk’s Twitter account (@MaStrozyk):
“Hockey clubs are considered businesses and cooperation that inhibits free competition is not allowed. (The) SEL decision compared to a cartel.
SEL didn’t allow clubs to make own decisions on the issue. Individual clubs should be allowed to make their own decisions on who to sign.”
The SCA will apparently continue its investigation.
If the Elitserien...