Originally posted by Rubberneck36:
Yea, word. Stern tried to say the owners proposed all three cap types and the players shot all of the down. He is trying to scare the players into agreeing is all... I am sure they know that. I would like to see 50-50 and call it good, the question becomes the cap type.
We will see the progress on Tuesday I guess.
Stern's assertion that they've proposed various cap types is disingenuous, from what I understand. They've supposedly proposed a "soft" cap where the luxury tax was something like...
$1 for every $1 up to $5M over the cap
$2 for every $1 between $5M - $10M over the cap
$3 for every $1 between $10M - $15M over the cap
...and so on. That's a de facto hard cap, because no one's going to want to sign a $5M player if it's ultimately going to cost them $15M to do so.
The reason I'm so fervently on the players side on this is that I think the owners have acted dishonestly and are attempting to exploit the players. This is a system that's been in place for 28 years, they're enjoying record revenues, and yet they're claiming that they're broke? Total horsecrap. And in these negotiations, the only side that's given up anything has been the players. The owners haven't made a single concession.
I'm totally with you as far as Stern and the owners go.
On a side note, did you ever get to watch the doc Sonicsgate? It was a sad to see Seattle lose their team to such a greedy set of owners with Stern in the middle orchestrating it all.
During one of the single biggest meetings (last week, on Tuesday), Hunter had Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce and Garnett (combined years spent in college: three) negotiate directly with Stern in some sort of misguided "Look how resolved we are, you're not gonna intimidate us!" ploy that backfired so badly that one of their teams' owners was summoned into the meeting specifically to calm his player down and undo some of the damage. (I'll let you guess the player. It's not hard.) And this helped the situation … how? And we thought this was going to work … why?
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