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August 29, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Chief executives of the NHL and the NHL Players' Assn. met for about 90 minutes on Wednesday to discuss the league's second labor proposal but were still at odds over the definitions of "hockey-related revenues" and how the NHL would phase in a reduction of players' salaries over the course of its proposed six-year deal. Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHLPA, told reporters in New York that the union would deliver a response on Thursday or Friday after it had crunched numbers to determine how individual teams would be affected by the league's proposed terms.
August 22, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Top negotiators for the NHL and the players' union met Wednesday morning to discuss the status of their labor talks, agreed to skip a second scheduled session and decided to reconvene in Toronto on Thursday. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly met with NHLPA executives Donald Fehr and Steve Fehr for two hours. The current collective bargaining agreement expires on Sept. 15 and Bettman has said the league will lock players out if a new agreement isn't reached.
August 21, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Michael Weiner, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Assn., has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, the MLBPA announced Tuesday. In a statement, the union said Weiner began treatment on Monday. The treatments are expected to last for about a month, with Weiner expected to report to work daily during that time, according to the statement. "He looks forward to making a full recovery," the statement read. Weiner, 50, succeeded Donald Fehr as leader of the players union in 2009 and negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement last year, helping baseball keep labor peace even as strife hit the NFL and NHL. Weiner is extremely popular within the sport, even among his professional adversaries at the commissioner's office.
August 18, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Assn., said Friday the union remains opposed to the league's proposal that players make significant financial givebacks to promote economic stability among wealthy and have-not franchises in the next collective bargaining agreement and said he can't answer the obvious question of whether a lockout will occur. "I wish I knew the answer to that too. I've got about 750 guys out there that would like to know the answer to that," he said during a conference call after the second of four meetings with players.
June 6, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
More than 2,000 former NFL players and their families will file a “master complaint” in court Thursday, consolidating their nearly 100 concussion-related lawsuits against the NFL. The complaint will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging that the NFL “deliberately and fraudulently concealed from its players the link between football-related head impacts and long-term neurological injuries.” ...
May 23, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
The NFL Players Assn. has accused the NFL of putting a secret salary cap in place in the uncapped 2010 season — a violation of antitrust laws — and is seeking monetary damages that could climb into the billions. The union filed suit against the league Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, accusing the NFL of collusion for conspiring to set a $123-million cap for 2010, when owners would have required the consent of players to do so. The NFL flatly denied the claim.
April 27, 2012 | Wire reports
The federal government is investigating the business practices of the NBA players' union. The union confirmed Friday it has received a subpoena for documents from the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan and says it will cooperate with the investigation. The NBPA also said in a statement that it has appointed a special committee to oversee an internal inquiry, including a financial audit. Recent reports have questioned the NBPA's finances and spending practices, largely having to do with the hiring of family members and firms that employ relatives of Executive Director Billy Hunter . Hunter says he will cooperate with the internal inquiry, but will not be in involved in the effort so it remains independent.
January 16, 2012 | Helene Elliott
While the NHL and NHL Players Assn. squabble over last season's hockey-related revenue and future realignment, Rene Fasel watches from afar and hopes their disagreements won't spill over to include NHL players' participation in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Fasel, president of the Switzerland-based International Ice Hockey Federation and a member of the International Olympic Committee's executive board, avidly supports NHL players' competing in the Winter Games. He helped negotiate the deal that allowed NHL stars to represent their homelands for the first time at Nagano, Japan, in 1998, making it a marquee event there and in Salt Lake City; Turin, Italy; and Vancouver, Canada.
January 6, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Hostility between the NHL and the NHL Players' Assn. erupted Friday, eight months before their labor agreement expires but apparently not too soon for each side to claim moral high ground and court public sympathy. The first salvo was fired by the NHL, which announced it will not implement the realignment and revised playoff format its Board of Governors had approved for the 2012-13 season. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement that the union "unreasonably refused" to approve the plan and the league will now "evaluate all of our available legal options.
November 29, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan
The NBA isn't officially ready for business, but its doors will open soon. Beginning Thursday, players can use team training facilities for voluntary workouts, according to a league memo to team officials. The facilities will be open to all players who are currently in the NBA, including free agents and players who were selected in the amateur draft last June. Players may use any team's practice facility, but coaches and front-office officials can't be present for workouts.
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