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12-06-2012, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Volcanologist View Post
It's mostly about those things. And they will both be reduced from the player perspective.

Do you disagree with this?
Yes, but do you agree that the players could have signed the 82 game offer and grow the HRR so their 50% share outgrows any gains they get from dragging the negotiations past December? Every game lost October, November and December is much worse for the players than the owners. A lost season is terrible for everyone.

Do you agree that the players are fighting on principle over a percentage and contract rights? What is their end game? They already agreed to 50/50 for the future, why fight over the distribution of that 50% and lose $1.8 billion?

The owners are willing to walk away from their $250 million profit to reduce their spend by $1.8 billion. The "make whole" provision will be much easier for 2013-14 since a lot of contracts will be off the books. Players in their 30s will be replaced by cheaper teenagers. I don't see the players gaining much by killing another season; they are going to be at 50/50 in the next CBA. Contract rights just govern how it gets distributed; the 50% of HRR won't change with "better" contract rights.

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