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Report: NBA agents want Fehr to head NBPA

Feb 4, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT

Donald Fehr: Sidney Crosby AP

If some “powerful” NBA agents have their way, Donald Fehr’s run as executive director of the NHLPA will be a brief (though eventful) one.

At least, that’s what is reporting after embattled NBPA chief Billy Hunter was placed on leave last week.

One unnamed NBA agent said Fehr, 64, is exactly the kind of guy basketball players need representing them.

“He is somebody who would be formidable,” said the agent. “He would go tooth-and-nail on everything.”

It’s possible there could be another NBA labor battle in 2017 when each side has the ability to opt out of the current 10-year deal.


While Fehr has privately expressed no desire to leave his post [with the NHLPA], the person with knowledge of his plans said Fehr would be open to advising the NBA players during their leadership transition if, in fact, players decide to part ways permanently with Hunter.

Even if Fehr doesn’t end up taking his talents to the NBPA, it’s worth wondering about his future in hockey. The NHL’s new CBA will be in place for at least eight years. Does he have any intention of remaining in his current position that long?

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Feb 4, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Did Fehr do well by NHL players? It’s been so long that I can’t remember. How much income did they gain?

  2. steelers88 - Feb 4, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Good you can take him!

    • lovac2 - Feb 4, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      I’m sure he’ll be back in time for next round of negotiations in 2020 or whenever.

  3. mp1131211 - Feb 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Too soon!! I wasn’t ready to log in to PHT and see that damn picture again! Barf!

    • missthemexpos - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      At least PHT didn’t use that picture of him in the shadows, like something Bettman would wake up screaming from in the middle of the night.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    In eight years both Fehr and Bettman should be nowhere near the negotiations. I can’t see how either side would be willing to negotiate with the other in good faith if the same guys who were in charge during the recent fiasco are still there.

  5. broadstbully33 - Feb 4, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Poor nba fans… And you’re right way too soon to see his face

  6. uscthom78 - Feb 4, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    I say good riddance if it does happen. If It does happen….I guarantee a work stoppage in the NBA.

  7. sjsblitz - Feb 4, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    almost punched my monitor after seeing this picture that brings up nothing but bad memories and lonely hockey-less nights

  8. ironman721 - Feb 4, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Yes but only if they take Bettman as part of an awful package deal. God bless you NBA fan but remember there is a no return policy so you can’t bring them back!

  9. ironman721 - Feb 4, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    From MLB to NHL to NBA. Fehr can go for the hat trick and try to ruin 3 professional sports.

    • alexb64 - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      How exactly did Fehr ruin MLB? By setting the framework for 18 years of labor peace & driving collusion amongst owners out of the game?

      • phillyphever - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        Steroid era was on him as well.

      • ironman721 - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        Alex nice idea but you could not be more wrong. Because of Fehr the 1994 World Series was cancelled for the 1st in almost 100 years. Which almost killed baseball. Cue steroids McGuire/Sosa HR battle to bring it back. He also prevented a salary cap that the owners want and could have leveled the playing field for all teams in MLB. Instead MLB is the only major sport with out a salary cap and that is in large part to this greedy price of crap that you are so in love with. Teams like the Yankees and Red Sox and now the LA Teams use small market teams as farm system teams. Teams like KC, Pit, and Seattle can’t afford there own players and are force to trade them away to teams like the Yankees who have an unlimited payroll. Which could eventually lead to team contractions. THAT is how Fehr ruined MLB. MLB players union is the strongest union in the world and that is NOT a good thing.

      • jimw81 - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        there are teams in baseball who refuse to spend. that’s not fehr’s fault. the market dictates the value of a player.

  10. 950003cups - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    GOOD RIDDANCE!!! I’ll drive him to the airport for free!!

  11. jcmeyer10 - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    He has left nothing but stronger unions than the ones he inherited. If I was the NBAPA I would want this guy in my corner. No cronyism with Fehr, just a hard, fair stance.

    • jimw81 - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      it’s amazing it took nba players this long to figure out that billy hunter was giving them bad advice.

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      Anyone who thumbs me downed is looking at it from a hockey perspective, not a union perspective (that is to say his employers). This guy got a good deal for his employers.

      Stop getting the two confused.

  12. jimw81 - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    i dont understand anyone’s position about fehr. Fehr took bettman and owners to the cleaners by working off their 50/50 offer. He’s bi-product from the school of Marvin Miller.

    this article best describes him during the lockout:

    “Fehr is someone who realizes this, and, from the start, it has been part of management’s strategy to isolate Fehr from the people who hired him. This should have been easier than it has been, since the hockey culture has always been more insular than that of baseball. (In fact, the sorry history of labor-management relations in the NHL is marked most vividly by the involvement of Alan Eagleson, who was such a crook that the United States and Canada once appeared to be fighting over who got to incarcerate him first.”

    Fehr has built strong unions and that was something the nhlpa needed and they got it now.

  13. ironman721 - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Jim, you can have this guy and so can the NBA. I don’t watch 🏀 and could care less but I guarantee the next labor dispute that the NBA has will have a much longer and uglier strike/lockout then the last one if Fehr is involved. The fans are the ones who get screwed the most by this guy. Check his history the NBA will lose at minimum 1/2 of a season if not much more! 👎 To Fehr! He belongs in the 🚽.

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      But he will be doing his job. Which is to get the people who are paying him the best deal possible. If that means a labor strike, then so be it. It worked for the NHLPA.

  14. tmoore4075 - Feb 5, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    I didn’t like the lockout at all but Fehr was doing what was right by the players. If I was the players and wanted the best deal I’d want him too. Amazing so many people in here blaming him just because they wanted hockey. He didn’t go in wanting the lockout. Heck the owners were the ones that were planning on that all along as a way to squeeze the players. I wanted hockey too but Fehr’s job was to the players not to anyone else. The owners/NHL were just as much responsible for this lockout as Fehr. Same can be said if he goes to the NBAPA and there is a lockout. If the owners wanted to negotiate a reasonable deal Fehr wouldn’t have had to play all those games.

  15. sportsinhd - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    So the majority of the sentiment here seems to be “Fehr did a great job under difficult circumstances representing the players, but since he represents a union, he’s evil and stupid and somehow responsible for the players being locked out.” Bravo!

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