Players Vote to Authorize Disclaimer of Interest

Kevin Allen at USA Today reports that in an overwhelming vote the NHL players authorized the executive board to issue a "disclaimer of interest" to dissolve the union. The board now has until January 2nd to file the disclaimer.

If the NHLPA notifies the NHL that it no longer is representing the players anymore, that opens the door for individual players to file antitrust lawsuit to have the lockout declared illegal.

Allen adds that the NFL and NBA players both followed this path in their most recent collective bargaining agreement, but in both situations, a new CBA was agreed upon before the lawsuit was allowed to play out.

…really hoping the disclaimer of interest has the same effect on the NHL that it did on on the NFL and NBA. Not holding my breath when the sides aren't even talking right now. Going to need a Festivus Christmas miracle for the season to be saved.

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