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09-19-2004, 01:13 PM
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This is what I would suggest. In a perfect world, Bettman and Goodenow would both agree on an independent firm to deduce what constitutes hockey-related revenue, and they hire the group to audit the financials of all relevant businesses, under the mutual agreement that they will unconditionally accept the 3rd party panel's definition of revenues. Then, they will use this framework to evaluate the financial health of the NHL.

This way, the NHLPA still has no access to documentation that the NHL would like to keep private, but they have an accurate picture of the state of the league, that they can trust. Then, these goofballs can stop blowing smoke, and start working out a deal.

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