Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by crzy:
I think at least 75% of the season will be missed. The owners will buckle down and try to bully the players into making concessions.
I don't think they'd play 25% of a season, I think the cut off date would be before then.
The owners can't f**k around with the players too much, at the risk of the players decertifying and filing anti-trust lawsuits against the owners. We'd definitely miss the whole season in that scenario, but it does give the players some leverage.
Bingo, as I've said before, Im betting the players' strategy is to decertify their union and CBA, expecting that the league will fear losing its antitrust exemption protection and that it will be forced to litigate a very long and expensive antitrust case, and when faced with this possibility the players hope that the league will relent and negotiate a much more favorable CBA for them
That lawsuit the NFL lost recently (that stated that they were indeed one entity rather than 30 competing entities) has given some leverage to the players and really hurt the owners who were probably hoping to dominate the players in negotiations and have things their way