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06-14-2004, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Artie
I heard the McGuire part and never felt more depressed. The prospects for a settlement seem quite gloomy right now. If "breaking the union" is now the agenda then we are in for a long strike/lock-out.

I guess the naivete in me says well why don't they just impose their own (as in the owners) salary cap in the form of a "budget" and stick to it if they feel that is what is needed to survive. Me thinks this break the union angle seems more legit than just cost control.

On the topic of Bettman. I can't see how replacing him would hurt. I don't believe he has done much for the growth of the league.
There's 1 very good reason that what you suggest re: "ownership imposed caps" will never happen. The player's union would sue the league for collusion in trying to keep the salaries down. And the players would most likely win their case. It happened not too long ago in MLB. This very situation appeared and the players took MLB to court and won.

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