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12-23-2012, 01:46 PM
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I think that your theory is correct and could lead to some short and even for a couple of franchises, long term financial pain. To your point, there could be a reduction in league wide HRR and it won't be felt equally by all markets. Many markets will have almost no reduction to revenue, while others will likely experience double digit % decreases.

Bettman surely has mandates and strategy in place and discussed with team owners, especially the top money makers on how the new world CBA would look.

While 700 basis points less in revenue to salaries will help offset some of the lost revenue, the top profit owners will know they'll be bailing out the bottom markets for the next 2-3 years.

We will probably see a lower $ or % to the medium cap floor to help the bottom market teams survive. This is also likely we the league wants a longer term CBA 8-10 years because the top markets will take it on the chin for a few years and then make it up in later years.

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