2012-13 Lockout Discussion Part V: The "Back to square one" Edition
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10-26-2012, 11:12 AM
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What's the rationale to play less games? You really think their aim is to spite the owners? The league wouldn't meet the union this week.
Look, the double standard is the league can come in low and bargain to the middle. The players seem to be obligated to throw a bullseye and land right in the middle. The 3rd proposal could have spurred a compromise that looks like yours... or even a two season phase 54%, 52%, 50%. It may have been the PAs goal. But Bettman walked out. He could have counter proposal 3 with his terms, 50% split, and a stepped cap. Or capped escrow. But because the players didn't function to Gary's liking he stalls talks for ten days.
We all know and accept that the first proposal was 43% to get the union down to 50%. Why don't we afford the PA the same standard? Why can't Gary play by his own rules?
Because he's a hard ass and knows what he's doing. As Fehr said, he's running the playbook. Don't kid yourself into thinking the PA isn't doing the same. They want to lose games to prove they're not pushovers. It's right there in the playbook.
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