In The Game President Dr. Brian Price had an interesting post on his PrezSez blog Sunday regarding alleged language in Panini America‘s NHL player agreement letters that he finds rather objectionable.
Price cited specifically the following paragraph, which he says a player agent brought to his attention:
“Player shall be restricted from providing autographs on Cards for other comapanies unless such Cards are licensed by the National Hockey League Players’ Association (the “NHLPA”) at the time such autograph is provided.”
“These agreements are being sent out to players who might be playing in the AHL and the CHL next year [and are] clearly trying to effect our contractual relationships with the AHL/PHPA and CHL. Since the NHLPA no longer permits exclusives, this clause is an attack against ITG.
“Is it legal? We certainly will find out very soon.
“Panini should worry about competing with Upper Deck but it seems they are more concerned with us, should I be flattered?”
For the full post, visit Dr. Price’s blog.