Holdouts mean little in big picture
Demands on both sides get pushed to the side as compromise is in the air. Outlandish requests disappear and more time is spent on realistic numbers.
It happens in any business and in almost every negotiation. The timeline is very predictable and doesn't seem to change from year to year. Having done many of these deals over the years, I always found that the threat of a holdout does not carry the weight it used to.
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