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I hear a lot of comments that both sides are to blame; but I can't figure out how Betman could have played these negotiations any differently.

The players didn't cave on the cap until the last minute; then even at that point it wasn't nearly low enough to provide a benefit to the league.

The only thing I could think of was that he started out too low; he knew the players were going to have a hard time with any cap let alone the $35M one he was offering early on in the season.

If he had started with the $42M cap would the players have caved sooner? Would they have come down to that level and then negotiated other points like arbitration, minimum payroll, free agency levels? I am not sure.

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