Fehr's job is to keep the players from getting completely screwed over by the owners and get a fair deal.
Last time I checked, even players who never played in the league have agents, lawers etc. to help them with contract negotiation. These are getting paid by players and I haven't heard a player who was forced to sign a contract.
Sometime, reading comments I picture these poor players as 5-year old kids who can barely read. But they are not!
And by the way, I don't think PA and Don Fehr has a say in any of those contract negotiations.
NHLPA is then a redundant organisation. Their bosses are not professional players, they are not running the league, they are not running a professional hockey clubs. Who are they? What they do? Protecting right, keeping players from getting screwed? Give me a one example of a right violated by club/leagu and a player suffering or give me a break.
I wouldn't say he's failed yet.
Agree. Not yet. We'll see. If season starts on time, I'll send him a post card with warm congrats.
Per the NHL constitution Bettman's job is (emphasis mine):
His success or failure is measured by revenue the league generates. This is a most important countable measure of "public confidence in the League
". And you are absolutely right, the league revenue has increased by 50% in 7 years.
However, increased revenue does not necceserally means increase in profit. And running a business, a professional hockey club, aims generating a profit. And I supposed you know that half of the league's teams are loosing money...
Edited by ami, 16 September 2012 - 04:25 PM.