Does the NHL commissioner need to be free from owners' control?
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12-08-2012, 10:23 PM
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The success of a commissioner depends on the same conditions as a dictator.
Depending. I could see the other option being where the Commissioner just serves the same role as mediators, which is to say, is not very influential.
I think the proposition that a commissioner should be neutral in this context is a red herring. If it's not the commissioner, the owners will hire another representative, and we'll be in the same position. It's called labor conflict for a reason. There may be a variety of reasons to be upset with this negotiation, but its essential character as a battle of partisans shouldn't be one of them. That's just in the nature of things.
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