Brooks have a new pice in THE POST. In this pice he actually makes allot of sense. The league have a situation with a individual club incomes range from 117 million to 40 million and they want a cap at 37 million with a meaningless revenue sharing plan... Its so obvious that Bettman goal is to have a enviorment where the top teams can make tons and tons of money while using the small market teams to get leverge. One also needs to remember that while the Levitt Report is correct(or atleast I belive that it is) it does NOT entierly reflect the reality for all teams. The Dolans for example isn't loosing money on the Rangers like it reports. Mr. Dolans owns the Rangers, Mr. Dolan owns MSGnetwork who owns the local broadcasting rigths for NYR. Can the PA expect that NYR is getting payed a fair sum for its rights in a situation where Mr. Dolan is negotiating with himself? (please don't comment on whats a fair sum for the NYR is... ) Allot of owners have been able to get permission to build arenas at good locations because they own teams from one or two of the four major sport leagues. A modern arena at a central location is a gold mine. And if you add to that a local cable network centering around a NBA&NHL team(160 local sportgames is a great start for a local sportchannel) its more then a goldmine. If someone outthere belives that the 2 billion the owners have pumped into the league the last years have been somekind of welfare you need to think again. There is allot of situations where there are 3-4 parties involved all taking a pice of the pie, however when all of thoose parties is owned by the same owner who gets all pices of the pie except 55% of whats left of the final pice who would go to the players it kind of explains why some owners never hesitated to sign checks to get their teams competetive. To sum it all up, the owners have the PA where they could get a very good deal. I am not saying that the new CBA doesn't need MAJOR changes from the old one. But right no the owners and Bettman probably could get a deal somewhere in the neighboorhood of a 45 hard cap + some side issues. That would mean that cheap teams could be competetive around 25 million, some could even be contenders at 25-30millon. The fact that the NHL still isn't prepared to start giving the PA offers that one might expect them to accept really pisses me of... This time IMO there is no doubt who really is screwing the fans... Honestly, is there anyone out there who doesn't belive a deal where a team can be competetive on a regular basis with a payroll of 25-28 million USD isn't fair and worth saving the league from future disaster?