That's how union chief Donald Fehr termed the owners' main objective in the labor talk in a memo to the players. Fehr claimed that the owners' luxury tax threshold would affect seven teams if imposed in 2001 to the tune of $282 million in tax and that there are five other teams within $10 million of the threshold.
"Simply put, the clubs' proposed tax is designed to and would apply enormous pressure to reduce payrolls," Fehr said. "Its purpose is to lower salaries."
Both sides are preparing for a siege. This does not look good.