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11-19-2012, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by JMiller View Post
Great interview.

Everything there makes sense except for his explicit statements about it. Say the NHLPA came in with a counter proposal to up their salary to 64%- would a "sophisticated negotiator" like himself figure they'd chart out a deal that would end up back at 57%?

Real "sophisticated negotiators" understand that defining the narrative is 90% of negotiating. By letting the storyline become "greedy owners started with an inflamatory proposal and repeatedly walk away from the table", he is allowing himself to get played by Fehr and the NHLPA.
The problem with this "narrative" is that it assumes the fans matter in this. We don't matter 1 bit. The NHL doesn't care, and the NHLPA doesn't care. If both sides actually cared about their customers. We would be watching hockey right now. Not having meetings to schedule more meetings.

It doesn't matter what side of the fence any of us are on. Neither side actually cares about the fans. It would be nice to see teams with empty arenas once they open. It would be nice to see TV ratings so low that NBC uses their out clause. The only way either side is going to get the hint that the fans matter is by losing them. Otherwise we will see ourselves back here in another 5-10 years.

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