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NHLPA, NHL make their cases to Alberta Labour Board

Sep 21, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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The world’s most boring soap opera is continuing today in Edmonton, where the NHLPA is arguing before the Alberta Labour Board that the NHL’s lockout is illegal under provincial law.

The players’ union is making the case that the rules in Alberta must be applied to the workers who work there.

The NHL disagrees, arguing there are 30 teams in the league and all of the players belong to the same union, i.e. there’s not a separate union in Alberta.

So that’s exciting.

The Edmonton Sun’s Rob Tychkowski is covering the proceedings via Twitter. Follow along if you’ve got absolutely nothing to do.

  1. rca26 - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Really excited for an 82-game slate of Oilers-Flames games this year.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 21, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      I can’t even imagine what that would be like. Exciting? Boring? Hilarious? Awe-inspiring? All of the above? Now I’m actually curious.

    • jersey77girl - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      And here last I heard the Oilers were moving because the city won’t give them an extra $6 million / year to build a new arena to lock players out of.

  2. 950003cups - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Honest to God: After Daly tells NHL lawyer that 23 of 30 NHL teams are in US, lawyer asks “how many does that leave in Canada.”

    RESPONSE SHOULD HAVE BEEN: Well, let me see…. 23 minus 30, carry the one, divide by 2, round to the nearest decimal… annnnnnnd….. AH HA! Answer is 4!! 23 in the USA 3 in Mexico, and 4 in Canada. So That leaves.. uhhh…. 4! Yes 4 teams left in Canada!!!

  3. mpg44 - Sep 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Why don’t you put that effort into a new CBA ….. Jerkoffs!!!!

  4. dasportsninja - Sep 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    government needs to stay outta this. the best thing for the sport would be for the owners to break the union. unions had a place in the world 75 years ago. now they just make everything worse. a free market should dictate the sports revenue sharring, not a cba.

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