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"Picture three sides here. The owners have regular season games and want playoff games to sell to their TV partners. The TV partners are willing to buy additional playoff games, but those games don’t all have equal value and they themselves have concerns about the length of the playoff calendar. The players have approval over additional playoff games and want as many regular-season games as possible.
"There’s no way to make all those parties happy any more."