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01-07-2013, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Nailor Hopberle View Post
Players lost hundreds of millions of dollars for what? Seems like this deal could have been made a long time ago.

Yet players are "very happy" with Fehr's performance...
And yet, a deal like this wasn't made a long time ago because the league wasn't ready to deal.

CGG spells out pretty clearly what the PA got by extending the negotiation to the league's deadline. Did it cost them? Of course it did. Did it cost the league? Of course, else they wouldn't have come off their take-it-or-leave its.

This was always about two things; 1) How much the PA was going to have to give up (yes, they surrendered significant $'s and rights); and 2) The ability of the PA to maintain it's status as an independent entity that must be negotiated with.

Fehr and the PA minimized the first and preserved the second and it cost union membership $300M to do it.

Now let's watch them play hockey.

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