Make Whole, Not War (CBA & Lockout Discussion) XIX
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11-03-2012, 10:22 AM
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Though it's not clear how much of the "make whole" the owners are willing to pay, the big picture is that, regardless of his bluster about how this is the owners' "best offer," Bettman continues to offer concessions and negotiate against himself. Fehr has him on the run.
Fehr has no incentive to make a deal if Bettman continues to bluff and offer concessions. His incentive is to see how many concessions he can get.
Bettman needs to come forward with a proposal that gives the players something and that the players can work with. His strategy of lockout, cancel, pressure, bluster clearly isn't working and he needs to throw it overboard. The players are not going to accept pure linkage at around 50%.
You are seriously underestimating Bettman if you think that he is on the run right now.
The league is about one more snarky Fehr press conference from canning this season and ending a bunch of players' careers. If Fehr's intent is to give players the best deal possible, he would be extremely unwise to play this situation as if stalling will gain more concessions. What we're seeing now is probably the owners' last move with a 2013 season as the goal, rather than breaking the union as the goal.
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