Slow start? No problem.
Three questions came in over the past week, so let’s get to them. As always, feel free to email us with any questions or concerns.
Q: What’s with the owners making the concession to discuss the make whole provision? That’s significant progress, right?
Q: Isn’t the timing of this concession by the owners wrong? They just canceled the Winter Classic, and now they show they can negotiate?
Well, yes and no. It’s progress because it shows a willingness to get back to the table. Both sides talking is better than neither side talking. After all, not talking is why they are in this mess to begin with.
But don’t be fooled with the way some in the media have spun this. The owners didn’t make a concession for the make whole provision. The provision itself was incredibly misleading, and it actually prevented a true 50/50 split. The owners know they need to pay the players what they are owed. It’s just a PR thing really.
Before jumping to conclusions about the owners “wil...