NHL Lockout: Why Gary Bettman’s Days as Commish Look to Be Numbered

January 5th, 2013 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
Gary Bettman continues to eradicate the line that he crossed a long time ago.

Bettman is supposed to be the commissioner of all of hockey. He is merely the advocate of the owners who want to push the players to increase their bottom line as much as possible.

New York Post veteran hockey columnist Larry Brooks refers to Bettman as the "Canceler-In-Chief" because that's what he does best. Every two weeks or every month, Bettman cancels a new set of games from the schedule.

Now he is at the point where there is a week to go before the last of these deadlines appears to be ahead of us. If an agreement has not been reached on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement by Jan. 11 (or made substantial progress), Bettman has said that he will cancel the season in its entirety (source: Winnipeg Free Press).

That would be a regular task for Bettman. He also canceled the 2004-05 season.

Bettman represents the interests of a small group of "hawkish" owners that want to impose draconian conditions on players.

The best interests of the NHL are not met by continuing to lock out the players and take on insulting tones during the negotiat ...

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