Around the League 2012-12 I: Gary and Donald sitting in a tree
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09-12-2012, 10:20 PM
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I agree with what you're saying, but I'm still on the NHLPA's side on this one.
The owners made a ridiculous initial offer, so that each time they made a "concession" they would be looked upon as "attempting to negotiate".
And if, after having Bettman tout the financial success of the league OVER AND OVER again since this past CBA went into effect in the 04-05 season, the owners feel they have to "blow up" the current model and re-start because of "Financial Viability" (aka team health sustainability) then WHY are the owners refusing to put in a Revenue Sharing system?
Both sides are to blame here, but if I'm "taking the lesser of the two evils" then I'm siding with the NHLPA
No doubt the first proposal from NHL was absurd and insulting. But the NHLPA not wanting to negotiate until the CBA is about to expire and then as it turns out not being willing to negotiate at all is even more insulting.
Hockey players aren't the sharpest items in the cutlery drawer but if they managed to operate a pocket calculator they will soon figure out that each month without a paycheck is worth about 2% of what they are bickering about. Early January, even if they by some miracle get the 57% of HRR they dream about (assuming a six year CBA), the lost paychecks means it's really only 51% HRR had they started the season on time.
There is no way the players will win this. The question is how much damage they will manage to do to themselves, hockey and the league before they lose their resolve.
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