Originally Posted by eyemissgilmour
You missed the point completely. The model needs to change, simple as that, so I don't understand the argument - "the owners set it up!!! Now they want us to fix their mistakes!!!" Who else is going to help fix the system, other than the people responsible for the largest chunk of variable costs???
For the last time, the previous CBA is EXPIRED. It's done. It's gone. Using your logic, and the player's logic, they should have continued to fight for 70% of HRR last time. Why? For no other reason other than because that's what they were already getting.
Well, no, the owners said it wasn't a sustainable business model and they fought for change. Did they change the system enough? Apparently not. So they want to change it again. Why? Again, for the last time, because 2/3 of the teams are losing money. That's why.
As for the cap and floor, your theories are partially true, at best. The bigger factor is that guys like Crosby are underpaid because THEY TRADE MONEY FOR TERM. Take away the security blanket of term (with a 5 year cap) and the superstars will demand way more money regardless of the salary cap. Once the superstars are paid their true worth, that will, in turn, push down salaries for the 3rd and 4th liners.
Umm... you were saying the players were going to kill a season to 'protect the overpaid middle class' when the only players that people care about are the stars (Crosbys). Not a whole lot of talk about changing the system in that post.
Incidentally, since the length of contract is what was being debated and the whole 50-50 split is more or less universally accepted then this won't affect costs one bit. Yeah it might help with what we perceive as poor revenue distribution among the players but it has shit-all to do with what teams will or won't make money.