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10-19-2004, 03:57 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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Silence can be a very effective negotiating strategy.
That is true, but not what I was getting at. My pointis that Bettman has zero interest in negotiating becuase he has zero interesta in having a season. His entire plan seems to be centered upon NOT having a season. That is the only way that he can even attempt to declare an impasse and try to reestablish the NHL in his image.
"As for what we know and don't know, I would counter that the baseball system which isn't a cap but is a luxury tax also has money going straight into the pockets of the owners AND doesn't solve the problems of an uneven financial playing field...there is only one team paying the tax."
No doubt about it, baseball has a luxury tax and not a cap. As does the NBA. The NFL is the lone sport with a true hard cap. And yes, in some cases, there are enough owners that take Steinbrenner's money and put it into their pockets. But there are also some that have put the luxury money to very good use. Philadelphia and Florida spring up to mind quickly. If there is a luxury tax system in place, and owners of teams CHOOSE to line their pockets instead of reinvesting the money in their teams, then those franchises deserve whatever dregs are coming to them. And there is more than one team paying the tax. The Red Sox are paying. The Cubs are paying. St. Louis is going to have to pay the piper as well. Can't have Edmonds, Rolen, and Puljols on one team and not pay. The Mets have paid up to now. Ditto for Atlanta. There are others.
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