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01-06-2013, 09:40 PM
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Artemis
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Originally Posted by smithformeragent View Post
You can negotiate during the summer all you want, but the leverage of canceled games, gate losses and a potential lost season creates the type of leverage necessary to get a better deal.
Multiple reports indicate that Bettman only got serious when sponsors started holding his feet to the fire. Sadly, that's the sort of pressure things like this take, unless you have a Bob Kraft type step up and take the wheel.

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