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Old 11-09-2011, 01:47 PM   #668 (permalink)
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The fifth issue, escrows, is not what it might seem, either. Sources insist that this deal will be carefully scripted to ensure that (unlike the old one) over the life of the deal players and owners will each get precisely the percentage of revenues they have agreed to. In the old deal, the most the owners could ever recoup from players was the amount escrowed in the bank. Under the new deal, if that's not enough, owners will make up the difference over time. So this escrow fight is fairly meaningless, too. It's mostly a question of whether the players' money ages in third-party accounts or their own, but it's not an issue of how much each side will ultimately make.
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Looks like the owners are building a back door into the escrow system. So the escrow percentage is going to basically be like it was in the prior deal, with adjustments made in the next year - so it is basically an unlimited escrow already, and it is just a question of when the balance is struck. Look for some extreme over-corrections of salary in the first couple of years, if the rumour of maintaining the salary cap level is true.

With that in place, do you think the owners trade the system concepts the players want for a lower BRI split? If the owners want 52% of revenues to give up their tax-team restriction demands, do the players take it?
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