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09-10-2012, 07:55 AM
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True Blue
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Originally Posted by DutchShamrock View Post
The league wanted the current CBA so badly, they were willing to lose a year of hockey to get exactly this deal. They dressed it up as "cost certainty" for the fans and ensured "parity" for the league when it's never been more expensive for the fans and competitiveness is the same level.

Regardless, the league fought hard for their terms, and they also spend energy and lawyer grey matter figuring out loopholes in their terms. They offered these contracts and fought hard to sign players to those very contracts. Up until a year ago the league would take any opportunity to tell anyone that would listen just how great this league was doing. How much money they were earning and how it's never been better.
Agreed. What galls me is that we lost a season of hockey so that the owners could get their "cost certainty". They basically broke the players and got everything that they wanted. You cannot possibly paint the players as the bad guys in this situation. And now, they have the audacity to complain again as Nashville signd Webber to $120m and the Wild sign two players to $192m.

Bettman is a part of the problem, and not the solution. I cannot believe that the owners would continue to employ someone who is utterly incapable of bargaining with the union without locking them out. A sport cannot face a lockout every single time that a CBA expires.

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