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11-15-2012, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Snotbubbles View Post
At the end of the day who are you screwing?

By sticking to your guns you lose salary that you can't get back. The players don't have a lifetime to earn this type of money. The owners just move on to their other toys.

If by some miracle the owners actually caved and kept things the way they were there would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 3-5 teams who would be bankrupt in the next 5 years. If 1 teams folds that's 40 or so union members with no job. If 5 teams fold, that's 200. But hey, at least they didn't have to have a rollback and they got a cushioned landing to 50/50.
The players aren't demanding that nothing changes though. They're looking to work together to get to the point where owners feel they need to be to keep teams financially viable. The owners aren't looking for reasonable - they want immediate rollbacks, plus pushing back the FA age so that they have the players under their thumbs for at least 3 contracts, and limiting contract lengths (which may end up blowing up in their faces, in some cases).

You're right though - the players have more to lose than owners do, particularly in poor markets.

Would you be okay if your boss gave you a raise and then came to you 2 weeks later to tell you that you were not only not going to get the raise you were promised, but that he was going to start paying you less than you did previously?

Yes, the players are well paid, but they also make a lot of money for the league. And let's not pretend that some owners didn't make an absolute ton of money as a result of the salary cap, our Flyers included.

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