ESPN's MacGregor on the lockout, the NHL and Bettman
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11-14-2012, 05:49 AM
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It reads like the emo teen version of how evil Bettman is.
"And in the whole, long history of disasters and capitalism, has there ever been a bigger disaster than the National Hockey League or its mortician, Gary Bettman? The decommissioner has managed in just 20 years to make the league invisible."
This alone shows the article is a near sham.
Granted I've not been the happiest with the job Bettman has done, but he has done a far better job than those before him. He now has a national TV contract, players salaries have grown through the roof.
The growth he has orchestrated has been greater than baseball and basketball. Hockey is more popular in the States, and watched by more people than ever.
My only real displeasure with him has been his ability to not connect on a more personal level with the sport and its fans. But the same can be said of every commishioner in the 4 majors though, so maybe it just comes with the territory.
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