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09-13-2012, 07:29 AM
Boom Boom Anton
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I'm not on the owners or players side, but unless something starts to give, I don't see how a lockout is avoided. Fehr is pretty entrenched and the owners have shown in previous years that they are ok with losing a season to get what they want.

While the owners have moved to a more reasonable proposal, it should be noted that it's like giving the sleeves off their vest. According to their numbers, they currently receive 43% of the revenue and their latest proposal still moves them to 51-53%. So while it is more reasonable, they aren't really "giving anything up". The players on the other hand, currently get 57%. So for them to move to 50% would mean they are giving up something they currently have.

My guess is that in the end, they'll come to some sort of stepdown over time to eventually get to ~50% (which I think is more fair). While $215M is a lot of money, it is just over 6% of the total $3.3B (and growing) pot of total revenue they are arguing about.

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