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NHLPA could sue for billions

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07:48 AM ET 12.24 | With players having voted overwhelmingly to give the NHLPA the power of dissolution, what's next? The NHLPA could file a disclaimer of interest and dissolve the union. Once dissolved, the players could file an antitrust lawsuit requesting a court to declare the lockout unlawful, while also seeking compensation for lost wages. Since antitrust law provides for something called 'treble damages', which means triple damages, the players could get billions of dollars in compensation if this ever went to trial. Here's the math -- the combined salaries of about 700 players (which is about a billion dollars) multiplied by 3. That's a lot of money -- and it's precisely that threat of antitrust litigation together with potentially catastrophic monetary damages that gains the players leverage in CBA talks.

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December 24, 2012  08:35 AM ET

Lawsuits! America's newest favorite sport!

December 24, 2012  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Lawsuits! America's newest favorite sport!

Contest of the Day. Name the new shows on ESPN.

December 24, 2012  09:20 AM ET

I'm all for it if it ends up that the NHL has to contract a few teams.

December 24, 2012  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Contest of the Day. Name the new shows on ESPN.

Okay I'll start........How about......

TortsCenter?

December 24, 2012  09:28 AM ET

Pardon The Interruption.......Overruled!

December 24, 2012  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Okay I'll start........How about......TortsCenter?

Excellent!!! I'd watch.

December 24, 2012  09:33 AM ET

Broadcast the trial live on the jumbotrons at all the empty arenas and donate the proceeds to charity. Maybe we'll set aside a few bucks to buy Bettman a soul..........and a brain!

December 24, 2012  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Excellent!!! I'd watch.

How about.....

Pardon the Incarcerated

December 24, 2012  09:53 AM ET

Or......

Around the Habeas Corpus

December 24, 2012  09:55 AM ET

Or the latest sports thug accused of sexual assualt.....

Absolute Discharge

December 24, 2012  09:56 AM ET

Or.....

Monday Night Factum

December 24, 2012  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Or.....Monday Night Factum

Remember, it's Bettman you're talking about, that's Monday Night Rectum!

December 24, 2012  10:32 AM ET
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Pardon The Interruption.......Overruled!

I like that show. By the the bye, who has all those millions?

December 24, 2012  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Or the latest sports thug accused of sexual assualt.....Absolute Discharge

I might skip that one.

December 24, 2012  10:58 AM ET
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I like that show. By the the bye, who has all those millions?

Excuse me, Billions.

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December 24, 2012  12:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Or.....Monday Night Factum

Or .... Weekends with Pierre!

December 24, 2012  12:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Or the latest sports thug accused of sexual assualt.....Absolute Discharge

Did you have to bring Semin into it? It's Christmas time for cripe's sake!

December 24, 2012  12:53 PM ET

It would take years for a lawsuit to make it's way through, and there wouldn't be a league while it was going on.

The NFLPA did the same thing last year.

 
December 24, 2012  12:54 PM ET

The Fehr brothers plotting strategy.

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