2012 CBA & Re-alignment: Lockout in Effect. Thanks Gary/Donald! PART II
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11-16-2012, 02:19 PM
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You hate Bettman so much Jiggy (as do many) that I think you need to focus more on the owners.
It's the Owners he works directly for, and the Owners who want to to defeat Fehr & the Union. Lots of Rand type owners out there who think we are all a bunch of inferior worker bees.
Not that I will now cut Fehr a break, as he sucks too, but this brings my whole perspective on the conflict up for review.
Still think 50-50 linked revenue and the 5% contact rule is reasonable given the other leagues.
The rest of it though just sounds like an excuse to try and break the union now.
I used to actually be neutral on Bettman and defended him to the bashers. It got me to read extensively about his reign as commissioner and what I discovered made me cringe. The Spano thing was a huge eye opener for sure, but the rules he had passed to give him so much power is ridiculous. The list is quite extensive when you look at his poor decision making... No one is perfect, but he refuses to take accountability - ever. The Phoenix situation has been so poorly handled by Bettman, that it has become comical.
He has way too much power and he is a poor leader. He only knows one way to resolve a CBA dispute and we know what that is.
A good leader would find a way to resolve these disputes without losing an entire season, and 1600 games under his watch, all while embarrassing the hell out of this league. That is poor leadership, I'm sorry.
I definetly believe if they had another commissioner who was more level headed and understood that you protect the integrity of your league, the NHL would be much better off, not the laughingstock it has become.
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