Friday, March 25, 2005


Ask Pelle..

Q: I have a question for you.  You have a 72% favorability of a deal getting done by May 1.  I need to ask you: what can possibly be motivating the players to get this deal done in a little over a month when they're well-aware of the fact that their next possible paycheck doesn't come until October?

A: It is in everyone's best interest to get this deal done. The owners need to sell the suites and advertising, and the players need to keep the leagues value from slipping even further. There is a good chance that linkage or a rolling cap attached to revenues will be a part of their future. Also the third and fourth line players are going to face a whole new group of young players challenging them for their jobs. Also if the draft is not held both sides suffer.

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