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We Need A New CBA Soon To Save A Shortened Season

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Having had a couple of days of sober reflection on last week's drama, is there a single player who believes that it would be prudent to lose an entire season over whether the new deal is eight years or 10 years in length? Is there a single owner who would darken his/her arena for the rest of the season over whether contracts should be capped at five or six years in length?

Imagine the legacy for all involved if that's what happened.

Imagine what people would be saying for 100 years: "You lost a second season in eight years and reinforced your position as the grand buffoons of pro sports over what amounts to arguing over who leaves the tip at breakfast? Really?"

No. Can't happen.

Can it?

As much as the two sides can't stand each other, and as angry as folks were last week, this week is about taking one last look at what lies at the bottom of the cliff and stepping back.

But the players and the owners can't afford to look too long.


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Let’s face it. We all would like to believe these negotiations are rational, they aren’t. A recent study has shown that if there is 10 dollars to be evenly split with the option of one side getting 8 and the other side 2 or both sides get nothing, then the side getting 2 would rather get nothing than receive so much less than the other party. It goes against your own self interest to get nothing rather than 2, but time and again people will do it because they refuse to get treated “unfairly.”

This it true even when fair has nothing to do with it because neither side had earned the 10 dollars to begin with.  If you understand this simple psychological test, you understand how easily it is for one side or the other to become entrenched and why at the outset you have to at least appear to be negotiating in good faith. Both sides are hyper competitve and the thought of losing is a bigger driver than actually getting something. If they really hate each other they feel they have won just by preventing the other side from getting more of anything.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 12/10/12 at 01:58 PM ET


The fight is now more important than the result.  “No Surrender”  is the battle cry of each side. 

You can’t get a consensus with that mentality.  I’m afraid we’re about to lose another season.

Posted by 13 user names on 12/10/12 at 10:18 PM ET


No Surrender and NO PRISONERS.

If not done in the next two weeks, look for Thanskgiving 2013.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 12/11/12 at 10:48 AM ET

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When one side starts negotiations with a lockout and a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum, it’s hard to imagine how we got to this place (yet again).

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/11/12 at 11:43 AM ET

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