STL Post Dispatch: Blues [players] get economics lesson
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11-13-2003, 10:46 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: San Diego
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last only as long as the first owner makes the next absurd contract decision...and others follow suit.
so why is it the players responsibilty to protect the owners from giving out big contracts ?
the owners need to take care of themselves and not expect the players to take the responsibilty for it.
the mechanics to do this are in the current CBA, thats what the players are saying.
It's not the player's responsibility, never said it was.
And, the owners, as you say,
need to take care of themselves.
My point is this: Yes, the mechanics are in place, for the most part, in the current 1995 CBA for owners to manage payrolls properly. And, collectively, they haven't. But since the "money train" left the station, there is no conceivable way for owners to undo their self-inflicted damage of the last nine years,
other than negotiating their way back to fiscal sanity at the next CBA.
That is, to expect all NHL owners to suddenly (and independently, so as to avoid collusion) "see the light" and simultaneously cut back en masse on hefty contracts is, of course, fiction. Even if this implausible scenario did occur, they could never enact an impactful rollback of salaries league-wide.
So, yes, they are their own enemy. And to "protect them from themselves" :p , they will likely seek to impose significant salary restrictions in the next CBA.
"Fair" to the players? Not really. Just laying out why owners must take advantage of this upcoming "opportunity".
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