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09-15-2012, 01:12 PM
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Agree to disagree I guess. I think a temporary collective bargaining measure is different that colluding to affect a market.
I can't see how agreeing to stall negotiations with all players until a new CBA is signed could be collusion.
I say agree to disagree because this is really just me typing out long responses and you replying with single sentences that say "yeah but collusion".
For the record, I'm not even positive that I am right, but I am not going to continue debating with myself.
There's just much more of an incentive for the owners to get these deals done. With Kari, he was headed for UFA status after this season. If we see a repeat of the last lockout, where they counted that year against their contracts, that could've meant that Kari reached free agency before Dallas had an opportunity to work out an extension. Then there's the situation with the out clauses that I brought up earlier. The potential benefits of putting up a "united front" before the CBA negotiations don't even come close to the negatives of possibly losing the player in free agency or at least losing them for the rest of the season if there is one because they don't have an out clause.
Now, if the league told Nieuwendyk he couldn't sign Kari to this contract and threatened to penalize him for doing so, that's where you get into the murky legal waters with collusion. Of course, the NFL got away with this over the summer, but I'm getting off topic.
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