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07-14-2012, 08:55 AM
Bring back Bonk!
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If they go with what they really want right at the start, then they have nowhere to go later during negotiations. If they aim for 50-50 split, 46% isn't that far off, that's how you should look at it. They can't start at 50%, because then the next step is to concede a bit, so you just lost what you were gunning for.

The 10 years FA stuff I'm not a fan of. I think it's 7 right now? That's fine. Leave it that way.

The 5 years ELC I don't like either.

I'm a big fan of the max-5 years contracts stuff. That's *really* something that needs to be done.

So overall, I agree that the owners made a very low offer. I'm fine with 46% stuff, because that will go up throughout the process. But the rest of the offer is indeed pretty rough for the players. They're asking the players to concede a lot of things. Although, I think it's worth discussing the whole "cap floor is 8% below mid point". What's the current number? Because that's a place where players could go and fetch more money.

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