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Report: Agents want Fehr to replace Hunter

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Donald Fehr has brokered hard-fought labor agreements for baseball players and hockey players.

Could basketball players be next on the list?

Fehr's name is being floated by "several influential agents" as a potential successor to Billy Hunter as the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, CBS Sports reported Monday. Hunter was placed on an indefinite leave of absence Friday.

Fehr remains under contract to the National Hockey League Players Association, but CBS Sports reported that either Fehr or the organization could terminate the agreement with 60 days' notice.

Last month, Fehr negotiated an end to the NHL's 113-day lockout of the players. He took over his post with the NHLPA in December 2010.

From December 1983 to December 2009, Fehr headed the Major League Baseball Players Association. He guided the baseball players through five work stoppages.

The NBPA likely will determine Hunter's future during All-Star weekend, Feb. 15-17 in Houston.

Hunter came under fire for his management decisions and ethical questions surrounding investments and nepotism. He is the subject of ongoing criminal and civil investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Hunter's contract runs through 2015 with an option for 2016. His annual salary is $3 million.

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