The NHLPA tapes
Former NHL Players’ Association executive directors Bob Goodenow and Ted Saskin routinely tape-recorded players, agents, NHL officials such as NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and officials of other sports unions, including NFL Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw, without their permission or knowledge, according to a report issued to NHLPA members last month.
“It is wrong,” said an outraged Upshaw last week, upon learning that Saskin recorded what Upshaw thought was a private conversation in 2005.
The professional code of conduct governing attorneys in Ontario, Canada, prohibits lawyers from taping phone calls with clients or other attorneys without informing them they are doing so.
What's incredibly interesting about the Sports Business Journal story is how Bill Daly is suddenly involved here, as he's attacking the results of the Block report and, apparently, defending Saskin, and the union released a statement saying that it was "important to note that Bill Daly was close to Ted Saskin so any comments regarding Bob Goodenow need to be viewed in that light."
Many players are also upset with the results of the Block report, something you could pick up on during the PA meetings a few weeks back:
Although they have not spoken out publicly, there is a growing rumbling of discontent about the Block report by the dissident group of union members that originally opposed Saskin.Maybe so, but there's a lot that is in the report that is apparently fairly incendiary, especially for the league and union officials involved. Upshaw, in particular, is likely to stay far, far away from the NHLPA in the future, given all of his advice to Saskin is now a matter of record.
“They are not angry with her conclusions, per se,” said a hockey source, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “They are angry with her methodology, with her lack of thoroughness, with the fact that so many key people were not interviewed, and the fact she takes many leaps of faith and assumptions without any evidence to support them.”
It's only a matter of time before the Block report comes out on a wider scale, but we're getting bits and pieces, and it's starting the war again.
Saskin's replacement is going to have to be a miracle worker.
UPDATE From the Law Society of Upper Canada:
6.03 (4) A lawyer shall not use a tape recorder or other device to record a conversation between the lawyer and a client or another licensee, even if lawful, without first informing the other person of the intention to do so.