Why does Bettman wanna see a limit on contract lengths?
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11-09-2012, 01:24 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
Bettman doesn't want those "back diving cap circumvention deals" and term length is one measure he wants in order to eliminate those.
However, he doesn't need to cap the term to see those disappear, so this "ask" is probably a bridge too far. Longer term deals don't offer the union more money, just a bit more job security for the individual guy.
A better question is "why does Fehr oppose 5% variance in year-to-year compensation?", which is the actual measure that eliminates the back diving retirement deals. A high disparity between the cap number and the actual compensation actually HURTS his membership by increasing escrow on everybody else.
You can cheat the cap with a deal like that. But player percentage of revenue cheats you right back.
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