Lockout Thread II
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11-24-2012, 10:25 AM
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I really wish we had a commissioner that cared about the NHL. Someone like Brian Burke. Bettman seems ok with sacrificing a season to get the best deal.
This has been Bettman's biggest criticism during his regime; he ain't a hockey fan. I guess hes done his job making money for the owners. It would be unacceptable to any real fan to lose one full season yet Bettman is about to embark on losing his second full season under his regime.
This post of yours really isn't thought out...see the above two responses, and below as well.
First of all, of course he cares about the NHL. He has been there 20 years now and the league is more profitable then it ever has been. He obviously has the backing of the full ownership of the league. Not one owner has spoken out against him during the entire lockout.
To say he is not a fan of hockey is ludicrous. A lot of people want someone who came up through the ranks of hockey for some illogical reasoning: that they know the game. Bettman is an attorney who came from a sports background, having spent 12 years in the NBA as legal counsel. He has stated on numerous occasions that he misses his hockey too. But in the end, it doesn't matter whether he is a fan or whether he "came up through the ranks." What matters most to the owners is if he is a competent advocate for their positions and does he fulfill the wishes of ownership in stewarding the league through the seasons.
Obviously, he has ownership's full support for almost 20 years now. That should tell you all you need to know.
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