ukcanuck wrote:Per wrote:
So what ace does Bettman have up his sleave now?
He started the poker game by playing his best card, and it apparently did not have the effect he hoped for.
What's next depends on when the drop dead date is for the entire season. I think that's the midnight hour, and we shall see then who blinks... If it goes past that, and the season is lost, what's to stop de-certification and the nightmare legal battle that is sure to follow is better question.
If we can't have an agreement that suits both parties now, part of me would like to see what happens with all bets off.
would it be a free-for-all by the rich clubs signing all the best players and the weak sisters going bankrupt.
Does the whole house of cards come down and a new smaller more competitive league rise out of the mess?
would it be a retrenchment similar to the CFL in the 90s?
what would the league look like, if a player took one too many stupid penalties costing his team the win on saturday and was cut on monday look like?
enquiring minds want to know...
I would love to, just for giggles at this point.
Honestly, the way the league has been negotiating, if the season is lost I would love nothing better than to see the PA push that red button and decertify. File in California before the League can act, set fire to that puppy and see what comes out of the ashes. Caving in to the league's offer pretty much guarantees a future of diminishing returns on an unbelievably rich business environment.
Blow it up and - what - get a worse deal? Possibly. No guaranteed contracts, no medical, blah blah blah. Clubs who want the best talent will pay to attract and keep it - medical bills, insurance and all. If Bettman wanted league parity and fiscal balance between the clubs, decertification may destroy it.
Blow it up and - make some mother-of-all anti-trusts? Likely. Would they suceed? Dunno, but at this point with asshole owners like Jacobs, et al who are intent on putting the burden of the league's southern blunders on the backs of the players while they walked away with the expansion fees, why not take the bastards to court?
Folks, you can stick a fork in this season. I, for one, am not nearly as sad as I'd thought I'd be. If that's the way it's gotta be, so be it. But if it's gotta be, let's see the PA blow it up and see how far the owners are willing to go to take the league back to the 50s.