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12-09-2012, 12:06 AM
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Originally Posted by charliolemieux View Post
It sounds to me, from the OP, that the in the original idea the Commissioner was supposed to be that 3rd party between the NHL and the NHLPA.

Now it is pretty clear that today the office is representative of the owners.
No. That's the opinion of the OP / the Post's Everson.

The role of the NHL Commissioner - as added to the NHL Constitution when Bettman was hired - was never supposed to be or envisioned as anything other than an executive hired by the BoG to execute their interests.

And there is no way that the BoG would ever cede any authority like that to someone who was not under their control.

MLB only did it as a desperation PR move in the wake of the Black Sox scandal - and over time the powers that Landis has diminished as subsequent commissioners knew who appointed them and who their continuing appointment relied on. Those that didn't were quickly replaced.

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