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08-31-2009, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Bluefan75 View Post
This we can agree on. Bettman managed to keep the ownership side from reaching this point during the lockout, but like you say, they are already there without any labor trouble now. It makes you wonder whether the "supermajority" Bettman got the owners to agree to last time around will actually work against him..
well, in the last lockout, Bettman managed to keep everyone on board by promising a salary cap low enough that everyone could make a profit. He was going to "break" the union.

However, he ended up having to negotiate his way up to a cap level where many teams are struggling. It's going to be hard for the league to argue from here on that the players' revenue percentage needs to drop. Fans are not going to accept a lockout just so MLSE can continue rake in $100m a year (wild guestimate) while the majority of the league barely gets by.

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