2012-13 Lockout Discussion Part V: The "Back to square one" Edition
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10-31-2012, 02:26 AM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Elmira NY
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Well, the players have - they want fixed contracts with no deferral or escrow. That translates to fixed cost and therefore a variable percentage.
That's the fundamental stumbling block that needs to be removed before we will see any progress. The key will be a reasonable deferral plan outside the 50/50 IMO.
If the owners are not willing to gradually get to 50 %--for them the players having to give in on the issue of fixed value of their contracts it's because the owners want what they want--NOW--not tomorrow even if tomorrow is relatively soon. To me that's pretty much an acknowledgement that they cannot control their spending and there's not enough revenue that they're making--even though they are super wealthy people to begin with. Another free agency and another heap of big spending--but I don't think the next free agency is going to be any different from this one. There is always going to be this war to outbid each other. One way the owners could really fix the whole shebang forever and ever would be to get rid of free agency altogether.
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