TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily
Hi SportsNewser readers - thanks for taking a few minutes of your day to check in with SportsNewser over the past year. Moving forward, sports media stories will be featured on our other mediabistro.com blogs, including here on TVNewser.

Donald Fehr to Head NHLPA

Donald Fehr, the man who lead Major League Baseball players during the 1994-1995 lockout that resulted in the cancellation of the ’94 World Series, is in the process of being hired to head the National Hockey League Players Association. He’s been acting as an unpaid advisor to the NHLPA since November.

While some thinks this spells trouble for hockey, which is still fighting back from a crippling strike in 1992, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly welcomes the decision.

“Look, I’m not looking forward to Armageddon, that’s for sure,” Daly told the Globe and Mail. “The sport will be well served by dealing with its issues in a reasonable, insightful way, through the negotiation process, and that’s what we’re looking to do.”

Fehr, who retired as head of the baseball players association in June 2009 after increasing the player’s average salary six-fold during his 20-plus-year tenure, understands how these things work. The collective bargaining agreement is set to expire in 2012 but neither side can afford a strike or lockout. That would very likely kill the sport that’s slowly recovering but still losing talent to leagues overseas. The sides need to get together now and start the negotiation process. The NHLPA hasn’t had solid leadership since 2005. Fehr, with his PR canny, fills the void. Hockey (in HD!) will live on.

Mediabistro Course

Podcasting

PodcastingStarting July 31, learn how to develop and create your own podcast in just a a matter of weeks! In this course you'll learn how to determine the goals of your podcast, pinpoint your concept, contact and book guests, distribute and market your podcast and more. Register now!