Make Whole, Not War (CBA & Lockout Discussion) XIX
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11-02-2012, 09:14 PM
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That is factually incorrect. They are entitled to that number as a starting point because it was negotiated in the previous agreement just as much as the owners being entitled to a salary cap. Is that logic going to lead to a mutually beneficial agreement between owners and players that gets hockey back on the ice? You decide.
Now what you and others with the same opinion fail to realize is that we're here because the owners made a miscalculation in the previous CBA. Not the players. The owners.
The owners were so fixed on a salary cap last time (and they got it) that they overlooked the math. With their number of 43%, even with record revenues of $3.3B, they seemingly didn't have enough money to manage their businesses. It was a complete miscalculation on their part. Yet they still spend $100m+ for 10+ years in contracts? Is that smart to you?
Now they want to correct that mistake. The players are willing to play ball but the owners previously asked them to take a 24% rollback, now want a 12% immediate reduction in player salaries. The players are saying for what?
The owners messed up the calculation. The players are willing to give back. What are the owners willing to concede for the players to give back another 12%? This potential make whole concession may be the start.
But the illogical arguments you guys are posing creates a lot of misinformation.
"They players aren't entitled to 57% as a starting point" is a completely irrelevant argument in any salary-cap based proposal. Enough of it already.
You would be right if we would be talking about a hard cap which stays the same over the whole agreement. But it's not the case. By the way: No, for sure the owners are not entitled a salary cap. It's the players who offered to work with the old agreement for the time being, not the owners. I don't care if the owners did 'miscalculation' in 2005 or the PA negotiated pretty well in a position of weakness.
No one is entitled anything. That's why a 50-50 share in a salary cap world both sides agree on is the best solution. With all current contracts honoured through the owners' share if you want.
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