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12-12-2012, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Boltsfan2029 View Post
Sure. Kinda like where I suggested they said "we want contract lengths shortened." So maybe their ideal is X, he asked for Y and will settle for Z. Still the same, he was told an acceptable range to go after and if the players ask for Q, they ain't gonna get it.

The owners have an ultimate goal, that ultimate goal has been outlined to Bettman. It's probably "here's what we'd ideally want, here's what we'll settle for." He negotiates to hopefully get what they want, but to definitely get the best he can as far as what they're willing to settle for. So he's doing what they tell him to do (go for the gold ring), but is allowed to attempt to achieve it using his own methods.
Agreed. And therein lies a big part of the problem. After this CBA hopefully he is not involved in another. Let him concentrate on growing revenues which is more his strength.

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