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09-16-2010, 05:05 PM
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Rules are rules. The problem with the CBA is that it clearly and explicitly didn't have enough rules to prevent what has happened from happening.
You think that's okay because any Commissioner should apparently be able to just use 'common sense' after a CBA is drafted to clean up anything they may or may not like that they may or may not have anticipated.
For any number of reasons I think that position is pretty much unworkable in any real world situation.
I never said Bettemen can apply 'common sense' in anyway...did you even read what I wrote? It was pretty apparent there was a hole and people were taking advantage of it. When someone took it too far, he came down with the arbitrator on his side.
IMO, it's not always ok to take advantage of loopholes. Timte to time, I think it's ok to do that as we can see that NHL hasn't done anything with any other clubs...yet. I think that's a creative thinking and should be applauded. However, if you do something you aren't supposed to do, you better make sure you know what you are doing. If acting like a moron and take it too far, IMO, you may end up eating it.
You said it's unworkable in real world, which basically is the premises of your whole argument. Yes, sometimes people do get away with stuffs. Actually if it's a pretty crime (like tax evasion, battery etc) and they happen to get a good lawyer/judge combo, they are usually protected by law from incrimination. However, if it is a big enough issue... like a huge corporal deal, a national security, that's not always the case. Elected arbitrator can close the loophole if he/she deems it is a loophole. I maybe wrong but that's what my understanding is having read international news for few years. (again Im in no way an expert)
If you believe otherwise, which you apparently do, I'll let you live with your opinion.
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