interstorm wrote:There are far more minds than just the 700 or so players there that fehr would have to control (which realistically couldn't happen). Now i do believe that waiting until late to negotiate appears like classic fehr-- but when getting so many people on the same page and ready for a bitter dispute, you can understand why it would take him (fehr) awhile to make his side ready.
I don't think there are FAR more, but the handful of influential agents certainly are involved.
It's a huge mistake, however, to think that successful people - owners, agent, or players - are smart. Almost totally every owner of a company I've ever dealt with has just been manipulative or lucky, but not really smart. They all blow money on friends, relatives and whims and shave pennies out of dominance/control issues. I've seen them all be fooled by 'consultants' like Fehr who can convince you that they know what they are doing. They never do. In this case I'm considering players as owners of their own 'business' and trusting an outside consultant who has come in will no real understanding of the history, the current forces or personalities involved.
The only thing guaranteed is that Fehr will take full credit for everything good and have something or someone to blame for anything bad. Narcissist personality right down the line.
Bettman on the other hand will always do just enough to keep the paycheck coming. He has more than enough money to do the right thing, but he's too insecure - his ego needs the constant reinforcement of the position.
The players will lose more money this year than they will get back in the length of the contract.
4 or 5 teams will lose the profit from this season.
The cities lose revenue, jobs and taxes.
But everyone is essentially fat and happy, so they feel they have room to hardline it. Stupid, really. But when people are loaded they blow money left and right.