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09-11-2004, 02:27 PM
Veni Vidi Toga
Join Date: Jul 2003
If they cant do anything, then why not just open up camp in December. THe players acknowledge, they cant collectively bargain an agreement that will save the owners enough money, so they'll just all come back without a CBA. Forget the union. All players are free agents, Walsh, Meehan, Gandler will be busy men. Players will be with no prior contracts. Like in any business, owners can pay them whatever they can afford. And players are free to work for whoever they wish throughout their entire career, not just once they reach 31.
Oh and no more drafting players. I wonder who will bid the Crosby bidding war. Think a $100mil contract is possible?
At least now, we'll find out what the real market value for players is when the collectively bargained artificial salary lowering marketplace is removed.
Nash, Crosby, Heatley, Ovechkin will certainly get some good money, Leclair and Holik wont anymore. That should be good for small markets.
Think about it. No more CBA. It will be beautiful. No more collectively bargaining as an independent union. All players are independent contractors all the time. Just like plumbers, carpenters, and lawyers. Maybe the owners want this now. I bet the players will go for it.
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