NHL Players Give OK To Disband Union

NEW YORK — The NHLPA moved one step closer toward dissolving the union Friday, voting to authorize the union’s executive board the discretion to file a “disclaimer of interest,” multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.com.

The affirmative vote, the result of a five-day ballot among the 700-plus players, allows the executive board to disband the union if and when it chooses to do so.

The executive board now has until Jan. 2 to make a decision on whether to file the disclaimer of interest — a quicker, less-formal way of decertification.

Breaking up the NHLPA would prohibit the players from collectively bargaining as a union, though it would allow them to file an antitrust lawsuit against the league.

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