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09-01-2004, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by SingnBluesOnBroadway
And that affects both sides financially in the long run. Like baseball a few years back, both sides need to realize that a work stoppage will destroy the league.
Yes, but in baseball's case the owners understood that a hard salary cap was not a battle that could be solved quickly. They set up the luxury tax system in the negotiation.
Bettman is not allowing for such negotiation. He already rejected the players proposal that rolled back salaries to 1994 levels and inserted a luxury tax syste. Bettman is not offering choices, he is actually not even offering. He is stating in pretty clear terms that either the players accept a hard salary cap or there will be no hockey. Baseball had wiggle room. Bettman is not giving any.

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