The cap floor is a huge problem, and by the way that the league is not budging on lowering salaries of the players, it is a problem. A temporary decrease with it rising back up to the levels that they are at today is not a permanent solution. You are right on one thing, I don't have a single shred of evidence that the league wouldn't be open to a lowering of the cap floor. Their initial proposal didn't have that in there, but they could allow that. Just like we don't know how much the players are willing to concede. We also don't know how much the owners are willing to concede. This is because, so far, neither side has conceded anything.
How can you have meaningful negotiations when neither side is willing to concede anything?
First, lets clarify something. Some here think that anyone who disagrees with me is uninformed and ignorant. That isn't the case. I call people who side exclusively with either the league or the players uninformed and ignorant.
There are a lot of people firmly sitting in the players camp and accepting everything they are saying as truth. Same with the owners camp. Take for example the players proposal. Some fans looked at that proposal as the silver bullet, the end of the lockout. The answer to everything, and while it wasn't as bad as the owners proposal, it was still bad. The simple fact of the matter is that the players want to keep everything they have now, and the owners want the world from the players. Neither is going to happen, so we may as well hunker down for a long lockout.
What evidence do you have that the floor is a problem? How many teams can't afford to spend to the floor? And do you realize that compliance with the floor is based on cap hits, not actual salary, so teams can in fact spend under the floor. Edmonton could end up paying almost $10M less in salary than they have in cap hits. And if you allow trading of cap space, it provides another tool for struggling teams to control spending without just taking money away from the players. (Even better if you let teams trade cap space for cash.)
And what evidence do you have that returning to 57% wouldn't work in the future? Do you know the team by team revenue breakdowns for the '15-16 season? If so, you should pass that along to the league and the PA, it would probably help negotiations. Of course there will be no "permanent" solution with a set-duration CBA. Keep in mind that one year isn't a permanent problem either. Worst case scenario it's one problem year. The world wouldn't end and owners wouldn't go bankrupt.
Both sides, I'm certain, are willing to move from their initial positions. The owners already have, and while the players haven't yet made a second proposal there have been talks of flexibility, including on that option year you seem to think is the devil. However, I don't blame the players for failing to make a second offer when the owners' second offer seems to be still so far from reasonable or justifiable. I'd want to see the owners show they are willing to be serious first. Instead the owners just want to play games. Try to make it look like they're offering a fair split, but redefining revenue in their favor. What's next, offer 54%, but redefine "percent" to mean 0.85 parts in 100.
That's the main reason I'm against the owners. Redefining revenue without any explanation or apparent justification. Doesn't mean I think the owners are 100% to blame, only about 90-95% or so. Until I see some numbers to suggest otherwise, I'll continue to go with what the numbers I do have suggest, which is that the players are far, far closer to being "right" than the owners.
All of us are ignorant to some degree. There's information none of us has access to. I admit I might be wrong, and the financials may be worse than I think; worse than past data suggests they would be. You seem pretty certain of yourself though, despite the fact that you don't have any more information than anyone else. Good to know though that you're not insulting everyone who disagrees with you, and only those who hold opinions that aren't the same. Much better.