Donald Fehr is ready to become the next Executive Director of the NHLPA, reports Larry Brooks in the New York Post. He has a few conditions first, though.
- Salary of $3 million per year to run through completion of collective bargaining after the current CBA expires following the 2011-12 season.
- Salary of $1.5 million for the remainder of this year.
- Ability to hire his brother, Steve Fehr, currently special counsel to the MLBPA after 23 years as outside counsel to the baseball players' union, to an executive position.
- Autonomy relating to all personnel decisions within the union.
- Ability to live in New York.
- Permission to co-author a book about baseball with his brother, Steve.
- Permission to open a consulting firm, though with the express stipulation that his first priority at all times will be the NHLPA.
That's a lot of power and a lot of money for one dude.
Wanting to give his brother a job seems a little shady, but the rest of the demands seem about right, even if the money could be considered a little high. Player reps from each NHL team have to agree to these terms, and according to Brooks, some have already voiced concern over them.
The PA is basically lost without Don Fehr. He's been involved in the Ilya Kovalchuk mess as an advisor and he gives the union some stability and some much needed clout when negotiating with the League.