2012-13 Free Agency & Transaction Thread
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09-15-2012, 11:27 PM
Join Date: Nov 2002
Because he's made them a ******** of money in his tenure as Commissioner.
The league is the strongest it has ever been, things really couldn't be better from the US TV deal, to fan interest in the US. Having L A win the Cup was huge for the league.
Why would the owners want to get rid of Bettman? Why would you fire a guy that has made you a ton of money and given you everything that you want? Expansion fees, a player salary cap, previous to that there was the rookie cap, the US TV deal that he just brokered is massive for the league in the US.
The future of the league is in the US. That is where the people and money is. They have 10 times the population we do.
Obviously there are problem markets, but overall, I suspect that the owners are VERY pleased with the job Bettman has done for them.
Second note, I really don't buy into this delusional belief that the owners don't care if they lose money or not. Nobody that is rich enough to own an NHL team got that way by not caring about losing money.
The building are essentially losing their major tenant in most markets. Yes the owners aren't paying the players their salaries, but they also aren't getting their 43% or whatever number they float out there that you choose to believe.
The league just got a huge US TV deal, the 2nd biggest market in the USA just won the Cup. This is absolutely the wrong time to disrupt that momentum.
I still don't believe that we'll miss any games.
There is too much at stake.
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