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This is key in the NHL dispute. Even if the sides have open minds, mediating this dispute to resolution remains an uphill battle. These types of billion-dollar sport disputes simply do not have a profile for settlement at mediation even under ideal circumstances. The leaders on both sides are intimately familiar with the issues at play and can be rather dogmatic in their resistance. So complicating matters would be entering mediation convinced that your position is the right one.
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