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Donald M. Fehr
(born July 18, 1948)is the executive director of the
National Hockey League Players Association
. He previously served as the executive director of the
Major League Baseball Players Association
Fehr was raised in
Prairie Village, Kansas
. He graduated from
and was a member of
Sigma Alpha Mu
Fraternity. Fehr received his law degree from the
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
As a young lawyer Fehr assisted the MLBPA in the
arbitration case (later known as the
). In 1977,
hired Fehr as the Players Association general counsel.
In December 1985, Fehr was voted executive director of the MLBPA after having served as acting director since December 9, 1983. Fehr successfully challenged the owners'
, leading to the owners paying $280 million in damages to the players.
Fehr led the players union through the
1994–95 Major League Baseball strike
cancellation. He is a protégé of
and known for his fierce negotiating skills.
Fehr was instrumental in implementing the rejection of future admissions into the MLBPA by replacement players who planned to fill in during the strike of 1995.
On June 22, 2009, Fehr announced his intention to step down as the MLBPA executive director position, recommending
as his successor. This was subject to the approval of the...
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