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Mediators aren't miracle workers

Updated: November 27, 2012, 1:56 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

It was just this past weekend that I was talking to Ottawa-based sports/labor lawyer Eric Macramalla about the threat of NHL players decertifying their union. Macramalla's advice in the wake of Monday's news that the NHL and its locked-out players agreed to third-party mediation with federal mediators?

Don't throw away the decertification materials.

Wasn't Macramalla caught up in the optimism that accompanied the news that the two warring sides were ready to pound their swords into ...

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