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08:07 AM ET 12.17 | Rather than in arenas, NHL hockey may be headed to the courts. Beginning on Sunday, every NHL player was given access to a ballot to vote whether to give its executive board the power to file a "disclaimer of interest," which would dissolve their union in order to fight the legality of the lockout in court. Votes will be cast electronically over a 5-day period that ends Thursday. Two-thirds of the union's membership must vote in favor for the "disclaimer of interest" to be filed. The measure is expected to pass somewhat easily among the NHLPA's membership. Why? For one, it's a sign of solidarity. Not passing the movement clearly preferred by leadership -- also known as NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr -- would be a huge win for the league.

Philadelphia Daily News

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December 17, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Fitting that the first post is a huge blather of spam

December 17, 2012  09:07 AM ET

The NHL owners posted the spam which has been obvious for the past several months.

December 17, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Fans should file a "Disclaimer of Interest" too.

**** all of them.

December 17, 2012  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Fans should file a "Disclaimer of Interest" too.**** all of them.

Second the motion!

December 17, 2012  09:50 AM ET

The season is now gone for sure. The money for all....players, employees, restaurants, parking lots is gone..........never toi be made up. Even if the league would be ended permnanently, the owners would still be rich. If all of them, owners, players, agents, PA, officials were any dumber you'd have to water them. Fortunately I get my hockey fix elsewhere at far more economical cost to me personally. I wish the season had been played but that's the way it goes. I had very little hope when it started that this would end well. I was pretty positive that Fehr would have to prove his manhood by being really, really tough. I hoped I would be wrong. Turned out I was right. That doesn't mean I liked the the league/owner position. I didn't. Their opening offer was laughably stupid and they made every effort to be stupid for as long as possible. They succeeded.

December 17, 2012  10:07 AM ET

I guess part of the money I save from not having to pay for tickets this year can go to my extra large tax bill next year. Sounds like a crappy trade off to me.

December 17, 2012  10:12 AM ET

Well at least every player gets a say in how this proceeds. And for this to pass 2/3 have to vote for it. Would love for the owners to do the same. And for it to be 2/3 to pass, not 1/3.

December 17, 2012  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I guess part of the money I save from not having to pay for tickets this year can go to my extra large tax bill next year. Sounds like a crappy trade off to me.

Are you one of those filthy, evil, rotten greedy good-for-nothing rich guys? (I wish I was. I'm just filthy, evil, rotten, greedy and good for nothing. And poor too). :(

December 17, 2012  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Fans should file a "Disclaimer of Interest" too. **** all of them.

Second the motion!

Motion had been made and seconded.

I vote Aye!

December 17, 2012  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Fans should file a "Disclaimer of Interest" too.**** all of them.

The whole thing is like a Chinese fire drill. Remember them.

December 17, 2012  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Are you one of those filthy, evil, rotten greedy

good-for-nothing

rich guys? (I wish I was. I'm just filthy, evil, rotten, greedy and good for nothing. And poor too). :(

Just like your Caps ;)

December 17, 2012  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Are you one of those filthy, evil, rotten greedy good-for-nothing rich guys? (I wish I was. I'm just filthy, evil, rotten, greedy and good for nothing. And poor too). :(

second take

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December 17, 2012  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Just like your Caps ;)

Now you done it

December 17, 2012  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

second take

Sigh. Both of your points are no doubt accurate. But. enough with self-pity. I'm now following the AHL full time.

December 17, 2012  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Now you done it

my bad

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December 17, 2012  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

A player vote on the last proposal would have worked out better for the fans. We'd be getting ready to tune in to some hockey.Interesting story here; http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=47965. I don't know who this guy is, but he makes some interesting points.

If the players wanted a vote, they can request it. This is why they are doing this now.

Can the owners?

Plus you just linked us to hockeybuzz and Eklund's site. This is a E3

 
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