Unilateral Options

WAIPU is opposed all unilateral options in icehockey contracts.

A unilateral option is a clause in a player’s contract which gives the club the right to extend the contract once it has expired without the player having any say in the matter.

In some countries unilateral options are explicitly forbidden. In several others they are conditionally permitted and criteria such as a minimum salary increase are stipulated. These criteria distort reality: for example, a young player who receives a 30% salary increase generally still earns very little because he previously had an extremely low basic salary. This new income is not a clear reflection of what the player can earn in reality.