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A First: MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL Player Unions Meet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 04 June 2008 15:23

MLBPAIn a sports first, representatives from the Big-4 pro sports unions all met today at the MLBPA headquarters in New York to exchange information and discuss issues facing player unions in the U.S. With all four unions seeing labor agreements ending at approximately the same time (MLB, NBA, NFL – 2011, NHLPA has the right to terminate its labor deal in 2009, and the NBA can extend till 2012), the meeting made sense. As reported by Bloomberg News:

Baseball's Don Fehr, football's Gene Upshaw, basketball's Billy Hunter and hockey's Paul Kelly and other union executives gathered at the Major League Baseball Players Association headquarters in New York.

“It was an opportunity to sit down, share ideas, talk about our respective situations,” said Hunter, head of the National Basketball Players Association. “Each of our agreements expire around the same time, within four to five months of each other.”

Jeffery Kessler, who has represented all four unions (you may also recall that Kessler was involved in the RICO case against Jeffery Loria’s sale of the Expos, as well), said it made sense for the unions to meet.

“They have common problems and they can learn from each other's experiences,” said Kessler, who is now the outside council for the football and basketball unions. “What one group of owners tried in one sport may be tried in another sport a year later.”



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