Questions and answers with players' union executive director Donald Fehr:
QUESTION: Can a contract be reached without a strike?ANSWER: No. I am not confident we can do that. . . . because the history suggests it doesn't work that way the owners just never take the players seriously.
Q: Can baseball survive a strike?
A: The answer is probably yes, but it (a strike) isn't a good thing, isn't anything anybody wants. The players don't want it. A strike is a last resort.
Q: Could players ever accept a salary cap?
A: We have never seen a cap talked by anyone that would do anything but lower player salaries. Indeed, it is impossible for me to visualize a cap proposal by the owners that would increase player salaries beyond what a free market would.
Q: But both the NFL and NBA have salary caps . . .
A: There's little in the NBA or NFL examples which suggests we ought to follow that model. Indeed, the one group that has the most experience with it - the so-called tremendous, shining example - is basketball, and basketball players can't wait to get rid of the cap.