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by Paul on 12/04/12 at 07:06 AM ET
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Let us attempt to guess how this meeting will go …
Toews: You owners have proposed a 50-50 split in hockey-related revenue and we’re amenable as long as you can make good on our existing contracts. Our latest proposal leaves a gap of $182 million between us, a fraction of the $3.3 billion the business generated last year. We’ve made a number of concessions, and we’ll make some more — but you have to give some, too. You can’t keep negotiating off your original proposal, which was ridiculous. You have to loosen up here.
Tanenbaum: Jonathan, I did not know you were so eloquent. Please, know that the Leafs are worth $1 billion and we will lose $100 million if the whole season is canceled. I’ll give you players whatever you want.
Vinik: Down in Tampa, we lose almost as much money as Columbus. I just want to play.
Burkle: Sid, you know I’m a dealmaker. I’m ready to listen.
Jacobs: Larry, shut up before somebody makes you share more revenue. And Ronny, Mark, Jeff — never forget that Gary has either saved your franchise or hand-delivered it to you. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
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