How long/how settled?
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09-18-2004, 11:56 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Whatever you read in the papers... think around the complete opposite.
For example the $300 million war chest the owners have is b.s. Only a small % of that is cash on hand, the rest is in loans, etc. Once that cash reserve dries out they'd be stupid to start tapping into loans because in the short term (3-5 years) it will greatly effect their bottom line and the new CBA likely would be a 4/5 year deal anyway.
"A couple of years" = "a couple of months"... Nobdoy knows for sure but most people are planning on a '94-like situation with the season starting in January.
Each side has WAY too much to lose extending this lock out past December 31... no all-star game (bo-hoo), no Stanley Cup awarded, no draft, etc.
My guess is: January 2nd... maybe the union can get the drunk owners together at 2 am on January 1st to reach an agreement!
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