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10-19-2003, 11:10 PM
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choppystride
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Originally Posted by Oi'll say!
That's totally seperate.

The loop hole was for drafted players who switched from American college to major junior. Instead of re-entering the draft like a chl player would they became unrestricted free agents which made it much more attractive for them to not sign with the team that drafted them.

Bonus clauses for non-ufa players aren't nearly as lethal because they're not negotiated on the open market.
The technicalities are different. The spirit is pretty much the same.

The owners mistakenly thought they had rookie salaries under control. Apparently they didn't. Thornton's agent was smart enough realize it and made the most of it for his client.

The owners were also not very sharp by letting in this college-to-junior loophole into the CBA. Again, Van Ryn's agent was smart enough to recognize it and made the most of it for his client.

It has nothing to do with being a jerk or not. Just a sharp business decision.

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