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09-19-2003, 12:04 PM
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Plymouth, MA
I think talk of contraction might be oversimplifying the problem.
While reducing the number of teams may not be a bad thing, it does little to solve the major problem which is fiscal responsibility. Because of the looming lockout, owners have been forced to cut salaries on their own and the result is the players are saying, see we told you so. The owners CAN maintain fiscal sanity simply be policing themselves. They point to some major salary cuts this year as proof. But the owners know that, once the dust clears and a new CBA is signed, they'll go back to their old ways. And the cycle of having teams on the financial ropes will continue.
The bottom line is that the owners are simply not capable of controlling themselves and the result will be a lengthy work stoppage followed, eventually, by some sort of cap.
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