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11-15-2012, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Freudian View Post
On the other hand, how the players feel actually matters since they have the power to vote.

They may be irrational but perhaps being diplomatic in how you present things in the negotiating room will play well with them. They were very upset when Bettman said no in 10 minutes. Since it was just a variation of an old proposal, it was very easy for the league to say no but it seems the players genuinely thought it was a good proposal saying no so fast made them very angry.

Same with the owners first proposal which clearly was meant as a starting point for negotiations. Some players didn't realize this but took it as an insult.

The players are proud and not all used to the negotiation process. They feel they caved last time and now they are being pushed around. Perception is reality.
Do the players even really know what their offer really was? Are they that naive to think that if they change the title on their proposal that the league wouldn't know any different. What does Fehr actually tell the players about how much they 'have given up"

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