The Owners' 6 Proposals
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11-24-2004, 06:00 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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The NHLPA will have nothing to do with the latter. You can claim all you want that they're putting forth prposals, but the proposals they extend don't target the actual problem: the relationship between what the teams earn and what they distribute in salaries.
But how does Bettman's proposal solve the actual problem? Honestly, I know that we argued on different sides of this debate. And I know where you stand. However, how can you say that the NHLPA's proposal does not target the actual problem, without stating how Bettman's does? This has been mentioned several times in the past, but how does a $31m cap link what a team earns to what they distribute in salaries?
"Both the NBA and NFL player associations have acknowledged this simple truth. Goodenow refuses to recognize it. His proposals are shallow, meaningless attempts to avoid tackling the real problems of the league."
But they have solved their problems in a different way. The same things keeps coming up over and over again, but they are true. Yes, the NFL has a hard salary cap. But they also have a league-wide revenue sharing plan. Bettman wants the cap, but refuses the league-wide revenue sharing plan.
Yes, the NBA has a cap. But it is a soft cap. Teams are not limited to the amount that they can go over the cap. The lone penalties that these teams incur are financial. Again, Bettman refuses both the soft cap concept and allowing teams to go over said cap.
Bettman refuses to acknowledge the differences. His proposals have been nothing but lame attempts to appear to be bargaining in good faith.
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