This amuses me, for two reasons. One, they happen to be right in this case - Fehr doesn't negotiate. He bullies, litigates and outsmarts the other side but negotiating isn't in his vocabulary. Baseball needed freaking Congress to get involved just to get real drug testing, never mind splitting billions of dollars.
Yeah, because owners should just be able to throw things into a CBA without negotiating it with the union. Forget about the whole collective, or bargaining, or agreement part - just jam it in. Why not unilaterally impose a salary cap?
The owners got rich off players using steroids too, they can deny it all they want, they didn't see fit to institute drug testing in 2002 for some reason. Never mind the open use of methamphetamines that Jim Bouton jokes about in Ball Four, a book written in 1970.
In general though, BOTH sides are full of **it. Acting like only one side lies and plays PR games is like Republicans saying the Dems won't compromise and are scoundrels without acknowledging they pull the same crap too and vice-versa. I'm just tired of all these stupid PR games that nobody gives a crap about. Stop posturing and start negotiating.
The players side has done their share of spinning and people like Allan Walsh and some of the players sound incredibly idiotic. Regardless, the owners are asking that a league generating record revenues ask for player paycuts across the board.
The charade being played by both sides is so obvious and sickening, neither one can be looked at favorably in these negotiations any longer. Pretty much, they both have been steadfast in their positions and are simply waiting for the other side to break. Neither side seems willing to actually negotiate in good faith at this point, which is the most frustrating part.
I am completely past the point of caring about this process any longer. Someone call me when its over.
You're incorrect, although not caring is a good and healthy move. The sides want to make it look like they are nowhere close to an agreement but they are way, way closer than they were on September 15th.
Edited by Triumph, 13 November 2012 - 03:33 PM.