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09-12-2004, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by hockeytown9321
That very well may be, but the players are going to stick to their guns longer than the owners will. The NHL might lose less overall if they don't play, but there are a lot of teams that will lose more. Those owners will split from the hardline cap guys and the NHLPA will win, its just a matter of time.

Does anybody know of any pro sports labor impasse that the owners won? I'm guessing some NFL stikes, but I'm not too farmiliar with those. It seems like the players always win.
For a CBA to be appoved by the owners, they need only 8 owners to agree to a CBA that Bettman recommends, and 16 or 17 owners to agree to a CBA that Bettman does not recommend. ~20 owners are currently losing money. That would make it virtually impossible for a CBA to be signed unless about 4 owners that are losing money can be convinced that the CBA has been changed enough to make them profitable. The players will certainly have to come much closer to what Bettman is asking for than they have yet for any agreement to be reached.

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