Why Gary Bettman Is the Worst Commissioner in Sports

July 24th, 2012 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
A competent commissioner must always look out for the best interests of his sport.

The individual issues of the day are always vital, but they don't compare to the big picture and knowing what is good for the sport over the long run.

More than anything, the commissioner has to project intelligence and foresight and find a way to rise above petty debates. That's because a commissioner must show leadership to take the sport past the hurdles that have been key issues for many years.

Gary Bettman, the commissioner of the National Hockey League, does not do any of these things.

Bettman is well known for handing out the Stanley Cup every year. As he stands nervously at center ice and makes his written speech that has been committed to memory about what a great show "both of these teams have put on," the boos rain down on his head.

Fans at the arena take that moment to treat the head of their sport as if he was an on-stage comedian whose jokes were flatter than pancakes.

An august and strong leader who has the skills to take the sports to new heights? Not Bettman. He faces the same issues, year after year, and never s ...

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