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10-19-2012, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Jiggyfly View Post
I'm obviously guessing on what I feel, but I'm not ready to panic yet. It takes a lot for me to throw logic out of the window and what I see is:

- Bettman is a liar and thinks the public is stupid.
Correction: Bettman is a shrewd negotiator with strong understanding of PR and he KNOWS the public IS stupid. Hence, the reaction all over the internet since the NHL's proposal was put out (and rejected). This was exactly his desired effect and he knocked it out of the park. He's got at least 90% of the NHL fanbase eating right out of his hand. Throw out an offer with "50/50 split" in the headline and wait for the predictable fan response of "Wow what a great offer! If the players don't sign this immediately they're GREEDY!". Hook, line, and sinker. He knew the vast majority of NHL fans wouldn't bother to look past the "50/50" thing. And sure enough they didn't.

The rest of your post is spot on IMO.

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