pens_srq wrote:Lets say they go with the 57/43 split. Go with no changes under previous CBA. The teams at the bottom lose all revenue because they cannot even spend to the cap floor. The fans in those markets stop going to games. The teams in those markets are unsellable because business men will not buy them. The total league revenue goes down as the league contracts. Then there are less jobs for players and the 57% equals less money as the NHL business as a whole did not correct obvious problems. So what the owners are proposing is actually going to make money for the players by growing the total revenue for the league. Whereas the players want stuff now and can't see the forest from the trees.
It's a difference in perspectives. Owning a team is a long-term investment and needs to be planned/treated that way, so planning for long-term gains is much more viable. The average NHL career length, on the other hand, is somewhere between 3 and 6 seasons (depending on what metric you want to measure it by) and could realistically be ended at any moment. For them, cashing in now is the only option.
A large number of the players affected by these CBA talks won't be around for the next CBA negotiation.