It’s time for both sides to stop playing games and do one of two things – get down to some serious negotiating with both sides being more realistic or simply agreeing to disagree and taking a period of time off until one or both sides has something constructive to add to the discussion.
I agree. Meeting just for the sake of telling Joe public you are at least meeting is pointless.
you have Bettman and at least 8 power broker owners wanting a specific outcome
and you have Fehr and a very large percentage of players unwilling to give up more
then you add in...
that the owners were able to wait a year to get their deal last time...........and probably expected to have a missed year to get what they wanted this time
and players willing to wait at least a year for principles
even though both sides have a 50/50 end game.......the details are a huge stumbling block
what actually constitues HRR......diffrent pie sizes from both sides
contract size length and ufa age
contracts already signed...... ie owners signed a contract and now are paying less after the current CBA is signed
Where does all this "linkage is inviolate" stuff come from? The owners did not sit out a year last time to get linkage. They sat out to get "cost certainty" -- the salary cap.
In 04-05 the league's last and best offer before they dumped the season did not include "linkage". It included a hard cap ($42M, iirc) unlinked to revenues. The percentage based system came later.
Thank you. This has annoyed me for a long time, linkage is not cost certainty. But the league tends to tout them as synonymous. What I do see the linkage as is an attempt to keep players happy by tying contracts to the well-being of the league. The error in that thinking for the owners was that it was tied to revenues rather than profits and the error from the player's side was not getting disclosure from the league on both sides of the ledger, revenue and expense. Getting expense disclosure and setting up sanctions for overspending/wasting money would go some distance in correcting and identifying problems (eg Moyes, Hicks).
The real solution is tying the fortunes of both groups, players and owners, to the same fleet of ships. If a ship goes down, both sides hurt. If they sail off into the sunset, both sides benefit.