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Skepticism of NHL's 'make whole' offer

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09:12 AM ET 11.04 | The tidbit the league dropped Friday night -- a few hours after cancellation of the Winter Classic, not coincidentally -- about being open to discussing the "make whole" contract concept should and must be regarded with healthy skepticism. Changing the public conversation may buy the league some temporary cover, but the effort becomes counter-productive the moment the players recognize they have been deceived. That's when the cycle begins anew. Frustration begets resolve. The finish line becomes more distant. Despite all the shenanigans, the parties aren't all that far away from a deal on the revenue split. But an agreement will be reached only if both parties are committed to negotiation rather than deception, and only if the league is willing to declare the victory it has already won.

New York Post

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November 4, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Changing the public conversation may buy the league some temporary cover, but the effort becomes counter-productive the moment the players recognize they have been deceived.

For most of them it'll be next August.

November 4, 2012  09:21 AM ET
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I really don't care about the game but I was looking forward to 24/7.

November 4, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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!!!!!!!

November 4, 2012  09:40 AM ET



I wish somebody would Gillooly the Buttgoblin.

November 4, 2012  09:43 AM ET

I'm tired of all this lockout ****.

November 4, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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I'm tired of all this lockout ****.

S
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November 4, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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****

The interns will never figure that out!!!!

November 4, 2012  09:47 AM ET

>>>and only if the league is willing to declare the victory it has already won.>>>

what on earth are they talking about?

November 4, 2012  09:58 AM ET
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I'm tired of all this lockout ****.

He's a Wizard no doubt.

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November 4, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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The interns will never figure that out!!!!

Of course not. They're busy posting more than a dozen NBA threads a day.

November 4, 2012  10:26 AM ET
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Of course not. They're busy posting more than a dozen NBA threads a day.

Girls high school volleyball is getting more attention than the "No Hockey League"

November 4, 2012  10:33 AM ET
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Of course not. They're busy posting more than a dozen NBA threads a day.

and even more NFL threads

November 4, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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and even more NFL threads

and one count 'em one friggin NHL thread well off to the NFL's to start teasing Jets fans

November 4, 2012  10:40 AM ET
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Girls high school volleyball is getting more attention than the "No Hockey League"

I can see why.



Dedicated to Swampy......

November 4, 2012  10:41 AM ET
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>>>and only if the league is willing to declare the victory it has already won.>>>what on earth are they talking about?

the players have gone to a 50-50 split, down from the 57-43 split they already had.... and dont seem to have a problem with some of the contract limits the owners have proposed.... id say thats a win for the owners...

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November 4, 2012  10:59 AM ET
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I can see why.Dedicated to Swampy......

OK I'm a fan!

November 4, 2012  11:16 AM ET
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and even more NFL threads

Half of which are about the Jets... Or Vick.

 
November 4, 2012  12:20 PM ET
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Half of which are about the Jets... Or Vick.

Vick traded to Jets?

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