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08-30-2012, 11:49 AM
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Yes, bad faith. The owners knew the players wouldn't accept anything close to their initial offer. That's bad faith negotiating.
I understand you want to get everything you can in negotiations, but you have to present an offer that's got a chance of being at least considered.
If I walk into a BMW dealer and offer $5000 for a new 3 series, that's not aiming high, that's a bad-faith offer.
Pinning anything specifically on Donald Fehr's shoulders is simply sensationalizing the situation. Obviously, whoever was in charge of player negotiations would have a major contribution to any potential lockout, simply due to his role.
Your BMW analogy doesn't work at all. There's a clear market value AND cost of manufacturing a BMW. A $5k offer isn't bad faith, it's simply dumb because it doesn't even cover the cost of the car and has no chance of being accepted.
High level/big corporation negotiations work much differently and I don't think you have a grasp of those nuances. I've been privileged enough to have been in on some corporate takeover/mergers discussions and negotiations and if you don't think the guy with the clear upper hand isn't making painful, insultingly low offers when negotiations start...you're fooling yourself.
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