Gary Bettman is either (a) incompetent or (b) evil

Choice A:

Why the NHL needs to rid themselves of Gary Bettman – Grantland

The case against Bettman in one sentence: The NHL sacrificed an entire season so they could reimagine their entire salary structure … and only seven years later, that “reimagining” went so poorly that they might have to sacrifice a second season because they need a mulligan.

Choice B:

They did it in 2004 to grab the giant pot of gold, because they could; and they’re doing it again in 2012, and for the same reason.


  4 comments for “Gary Bettman is either (a) incompetent or (b) evil

  1. WantedPlayerX
    November 19, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Maybe the owners are culling their own herd, too. Rabbit population model… Some teams can withstand a lockout, and if certain weaker teams fold, aren’t they the teams also needing revenue-sharing the most?
    These guys, the owners, have been screwing each other all along since the last CBA with the back-loaded contracts, which is just another way of using deep pockets for competitive advantage. Now, maybe they see an opportunity to screw the players while weeding out weaker franchises, too…
    I am sure I am being over-simplistic, but still, to think that these guys, any of them, are singularly motivated against just the players seems foolish.

    • November 20, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      I would have relatively little problem choosing contraction (sacrificing the failing franchises) over losing a season every 8 years.

  2. November 22, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    My question is: how badly does Bettman want to cancel the season? If they’re not playing in a couple weeks, the season is cancelled. Personally, I think it is going to be cancelled, not that I have any more information that anybody else though.

    I feel as though delaying the season and cancelling games is a relatively “easy” negotiating tactic. A big gun is pushing the big red button that says “cancel season.” I wish I knew how scared Bettman was of pushing that.

    • November 23, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      He’s more scared of losing to Donald Fehr.

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