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Former MLB Commissioner gives thumbs-up to Donald Fehr

Dec 2, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

Donald Fehr AP

NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr has gotten plenty of grief from the owners and at least one player, but the former commissioner of Major League Baseball gives him, and others in his position, full marks for their work.

Fay Vincent was the MLB leader from 1989-1992 and had to deal with Fehr as he was the head of the MLBPA on the same basis in which NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is facing off against him in now. Vincent wrote in a published piece on recently passed labor leader Marvin Miller, relayed by Larry Brooks of the New York Post, that what they did for their union stands as a shining example for all sports labor.

“Miller and his successors Donald Fehr and Michael Wiener created a union that stands as a model,” Vincent wrote. “Their union is brilliantly led, honestly managed and extremely successful.”

After earlier reports about Fehr misleading the NHLPA turned out to be untrue, it was asserted that the owners were trying to find ways to sour the players on his leadership.

Maybe now it’s just time to negotiate and figure things out rather than try to create a demon out of someone unnecessarily.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 2, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Maybe now it’s time to negotiate rather than just taking verbal shots at each other through the media? I think the time for that came three months ago but neither side got the memo.

  2. jimw81 - Dec 2, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    bettman misread fehr from beginning that left us in the mess we are in. it’s time to negotiate and compromise from the owners.

    • richter35lundqvist30 - Dec 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      I agree 100% Jim. Bettman saw this as him vs Fehr from the get go. Gary promised the owners the world heading into this. He made the fatal mistake of underestimating his opponent and his mouth wrote a check his butt can’t cash.

  3. csilojohnson - Dec 2, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    I wish they would stop wasting thier time trying to win over the fans and just do thier job. We all hate both sides for taking this long. Just get a deal done!

    • zetaone - Dec 2, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Truth ^

  4. id4joey - Dec 2, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    the owners misread fehr from beginning that left us in the mess we are in.

  5. bcjim - Dec 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Totally Offtopic.

    I just want to state how pathetic PFT is. They delete my comments (that are truly never offensive or anything) routinely and have blocked all comments on some Chief Murder/sucicide stories.

    If you arent in lockstep with their point of view or you point out something unflattereing…you get deleted.

    Pretty rich coming from a site that features a “police blotter” (Dont see it updated with the murder yet) and used to feature a ‘turd watch’ or something if I’m not mistaken?

    Just pathetic.

    • paperlions - Dec 2, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      I don’t mind that they turned off comments on the Chief stories, considering how pathetic many of the people that comment on PFT are…that was probably a good idea.

      …but I do agree that some of their writers tend to delete comments that lay out reasons why their opinion is off the mark…and they do so regularly…many of them definitely have thin skin.

  6. spicyjimbolaya - Dec 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    “Maybe now it’s just time to negotiate and figure things out rather than try to create a demon out of someone unnecessarily.”

    The whole world feels entitled to demonize Gary Bettman, while the overpaid players association desperately tries to hang onto their 57% of revenue.

    • hockeydon10 - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      At no point did the PA ever try to hang onto the 57%. Their initial offer was 53.6%, and they’ve come down from there.

      Just the facts.

  7. wsphloyd - Dec 3, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Get FIRE BETTMAN T-Shirts and more at:

    The little, arrogant weasel must go!!!!

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