Read: The Players Need To Earn The Owners Respect

At Sportsnet, Michael Grange writes about Donald Fehr and the impact he is having on the NHLPA and the impact he had on the MLBPA while he was the head of that union.

Grange spoke with Fehr’s successor in the MLBPA and said that discussions between the owners and players changed when the owners realized they couldn’t break the players:

“But I’ll let you in on a little secret: Labor peace was not our goal … what has changed is that baseball owners, led by Commissioner Bud Selig, have come to respect the collective power of their bargaining adversary, the players. That respect was earned through [their] solidarity. Collective bargaining changes when each side respects the power of the other.”

Prior to a last minute deal to stop a players strike in 2002, baseball had three lockouts and five strikes since 1972.

When that deal, in 2002, was agreed to Bud Selig said “I think a lot of people thought they’d never live long enough to see these two parties come together with a very meaningful deal and do it without one game of work stoppage.”

That new deal included increased revenue sharing.