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01-04-2013, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by MoreOrr View Post
Can anyone doubt now what would've happened if Bettman and the owners hadn't locked out the Season until a deal was made? We should all now clearly know that negotiations wouldn't half as far along as they are, and by Playoff time if the owners didn't give Fehr what he wants, there would be a strike. Sure, the fans would've got their Season, But No Playoffs. The players would've been paid, by the cash cow of the Playoffs would've been lost. Fehr's tactics should be clear to all by now. And that Bettman and the owners are getting mighty fed up with it... Just not soon enough for my liking.
First part is correct, negotiations never would have happened.

Second part though, think about. Why would the players go on strike before the playoffs? Its a huge chunk of yearly revenue. For every buck they cost the owners, they cost themselves far far more. For every playoff dollar lost, the owners lose 43 cents - expenses, the players lose 57%. The escrow accounts would be hit to the tune of 30% or more. The players would never strike in that instance.

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