NHL and NHLPA get smart, go with mediator

November 27, 2012, by

Mediator? Eh. But hey, at least it’s progress.

In a move in the right direction by both sides, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to use a mediator to help end the lockout. The mediator process is relatively simple, as the mediation team will hear both sides and come to a neutral decision. This, in essence, is a lot like arbitration.

However –as we saw in 2004– mediation is not binding. The NHL or NHLPA can walk away from the mediation outcome and we would be right back where we started. So basically, there’s nothing really interesting unless both sides agree to the outcome presented by the mediation group.

Perhaps we already saw the most interesting aspect of this mediation saga.

Guy Serota, who was originally slated to be on the mediation team put together by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Instantly, his Twitter account was “discovered.” And then the fun began, courtesy of a few questionable tweets.

Questionable is used loosely here, as most people simply took some tweets out of context, as they were part of Craig Ferguson skits. Within an hour, Serota was removed from the mediation team.

Honestly, I’ve never seen the government move that fast on anything before.


Categories : Business of Hockey


  1. Walt says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but the last time they brought in mediators, the NHL shut down the season some 3-4 days later!

    Let’s just hope that we can get some better results this time around.

  2. Bobby G says:

    Love the picture for this one haha.

  3. Spozo says:

    So now they are going to pay someone to tell both sides to pull their heads out of their asses? This nothing but a bunch of egos that just blame the other side for the lack of an agreement.

  4. Chris.C says:

    No there not paying the bill on this one. Its us the tax payers fitting the bill for Cohen and Co. Pitiful. Cancel the season already. It isn’t fair to the winner of the Cup, if he won it by only playing 30 games.