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by Paul on 11/28/12 at 06:23 PM ET
from Chris Johnston of the CP at Canada.com,
According to sports management professor Aubrey Kent of Temple University, both sides have a valid reason to claim that they are in the right when it comes to their ongoing labour dispute.
"For me, the whole issue comes down to perspective," Kent said Wednesday in an interview. "Players feel as though they're being bullied and strong-armed and having things taken away -- I can see that that's a legitimate perspective. Owners feel from a dollar-value perspective that the next seven years they've offered would be far more lucrative than the previous seven years were, even as good as that was.
"And if you crunch the numbers, that's actually true as well."
No wonder the sides remain so entrenched in their positions.
They met separately with mediators Scot L. Beckenbaugh and John Sweeney on Wednesday afternoon at an undisclosed location -- something Kent didn't anticipate would result in a "seismic" shift in perspective from either side. The non-binding sessions were intended to try and help the sides find some common ground.
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