Which teams would compromise?
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09-18-2004, 08:58 AM
Join Date: Jun 2004
Originally Posted by
If I had to guess..
Owners for less harsh CBA:
New York Rangers
Nashville and Tampa just want a season, the other owners are getting plenty of revenue (St. Louis knows it spends a lot, doesn't mind). However, thats only 12 teams. Bettman only needs 8 teams on his side period. He'll have:
New York Isles
Anaheim (barring new ownership)
Thats 11 teams.
You'll have several teams on the fence. They can be a swing vote. You'll have:
Columbus and Atlanta are doing decent and dont want to damage their progress with a long lockout. The other clubs don't have huge financial concerns, though they do have some, and don't want to see a long lockout.
Still, even if all the 7 swing votes go toward a lighter CBA, thats only 19 votes. Not a 2/3 majority.
I tend to agree with that list, but I think if Anaheim is sold their new owner will want to see some kine of return on his investment before 2010. And he hasn't been the one losing money, so I don't think he'd be as hard core on a cap.
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