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Bettman: Hall of Shame or Hall of Fame?

Does Gary Bettman belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? | canada.com It was 20 years ago today that the NHL found an obscure NBA executive and anointed him as the first ever commissioner. Now before you start spitting in anger at the thought of this question, consider it carefully: Does Gary Bettman belong in the…

“Tattaglia is a pimp. He never could have outfought Santino. But I didn’t know until this day that it was Barzini all along.”

Every day I read that fans shouldn’t blame Bettman because Bettman works for the owners. I have no problem with that sentiment (except possibly for the words “shouldn’t” and “because”), but, to simplify matters, let’s just say that “Bettman” is not a person at all (a stretch, I know) but a synecdoche, standing for the…

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…

Yes, the NHL is a banana republic

If you ask for remedies to fix a broken economy, and get everything you want (2004), and then revenues explode to historic levels of more than $3 billion, and you say YOUR ECONOMY IS STILL BROKEN, then — well — YOU SUCK AT YOUR JOB. Or you’re a thief (see kleptocracy, below).

February 2, 1993: Gary Bettman’s first day on the job

Bettman’s legacy of expansion into non-traditional markets is responsible for the current lock-out. Without the political support of those same franchises — one of which is owned by the NHL — we would be watching NHL hockey now.

Shorter me: the Bettman experiment has blown up in his face. And this is what that looks like.

Bettman and Jacobs vs. the World?

Kypreos on NHL: The silent majority – sportsnet.ca I find it so ironic that eight years after the last lockout, the course of events that eventually sunk former NHLPA executive director Bob Goodenow might very well affect Gary Bettman in the same way. Back in 2004, Goodenow’s small executive board shared only the negotiation information…


“This is very hard and I feel terrible about it.” — Gary Bettman


My Fan Pledge (a.k.a. what to do with my NHL money?)

Just so we’re clear, I don’t really have any idea whether or not there will be a lock-out, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find a few months, or even a season or two, canceled. If you want to know what I think the reasons for this mess are, I have two answers. It could…