I still believe there is hope. Sources have told me some team managers have contacted a few high-profile players and advised that the PLPA was standing in the way of a deal. While I find it upsetting that it looks like an attempt to divide the players, at least it seems to indicate that the door of opportunity is still not closed
If the PLPA is an approved union orginization, I have a vague recollection that such conduct that is described might violate certain labor laws. But since I dont' practice labor law, and the last course I took in it was over 18 years ago, I'm certainly not positive.