2012 CBA & Re-alignment: Lockout in Effect. Thanks Gary/Donald! PART II
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10-19-2012, 09:03 PM
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As I keep saying, they can guarantee the current contracts and get to 50/50 right off the bat. You don't need to defy mathematic laws to do it either. Current deals get grandfathered in, while all contracts signed under the new CBA are calculated at 50%. The league just uses variable percentages to determine each set group of contracts.
Why do people assume all contracts have to be calculated under the same percentages?
So first and foremost, almost all of the contracts that will be in effect for the upcoming (hopefully) season were signed under the old CBA. There's too much money already committed to bring this coming season anywhere near 50% without either deferring payments or cutting the value of the contracts. Second, your idea, with some adjustments, would be an excellent way for the owners to try to fracture the PA by creating 2 different classes of player: those with long-term contracts vs. upcoming free agents whose contract values will be depressed so pre-existing long-term contracts can be paid in full.
The problem, however, is if you read the Bill Daly quote, you'll see that this is nothing like what the PA proposed. Apparently, they offered to take well over 50% but to change the accounting terminology or the definition of HRR or something like that so they can say it's 50/50 in complete disregard for reality. In case we're still trying to keep track; Fehr's characterization of this proposal as giving the owners 50/50 immediately is a lie.
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