Found October 31, 2012 on
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
Not to be a contrarian here, but all the gnashing of teeth over the National Hockey League’s reported intention to cancel the Bridgestone Winter Classic later this week is completely misplaced.
If the league does it, it won’t be despite the fact that it was Toronto versus Detroit, two storied franchises, a first inclusion of a Canadian team, in all ways a potential bonanza.
It will be precisely because Gary Bettman and his soulless owners — and their crisis management team and the lockout specialists at the law firm of Proskauer Rose and whoever else is advising the NHL on acceptable risks — have concluded that in those two hockey markets, the game is bulletproof, backlash-proof.
Torontonians return to the ticket windows like trained pigs every year, no matter how terrible the Maple Leafs are, how much they charge for a seat and a beer and a hotdog, how many generations go by without any real sense of something good in the offing....
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Gary Bettman is expected to announce on Friday that the Winter Classic originally scheduled for New Year's Day will be canceled.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will stand at a podium at some point and announce the end of his sport's latest work stoppage.
It will be the third time he has done so. The first work stoppage resulted in the loss of nearly half the 1994-95 season, the second in all of the 2004-05 season. Hopefully, the third work stoppage will result in only a slightly truncated schedule.
According to this video, inspired by the NHL lockout, wearing a mask of Commissioner Gary Bettman for Halloween entitles you to do whatever you want, including taking more than your fair share of candy. Popout That's not cool. Please, kids, when it comes to candy this Halloween, show some respect and just take one. Video via. H/T Puck Daddy.
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Gary Bettman won't be handing out any Halloween candy this year. He still hasn't figured out how to unlock his front door. Instead, he'll be taking to the streets to join in on the trick-or-treating.
"I'm Gary Bettman and I can do whatever I want!"
We always imagined Bettman was shorter in real life and more difficult to understand.
Props to Ziggy...
The biggest money-maker for the league has just been canceled. Gary Bettman, in a press conference scheduled for 2pm today, will announce that the NHL will cancel the 2013 Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs at The Big House. In canceling this event, the NHL loses out on tens of millions of dollars in potential revenue from the game, the events...
Definitely a good idea and something that will gain some laughs if it ever becomes mainstream enough. But, it is worth noting that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is just doing what the Owners want him to do and it is not entirely his fault.That being said, it was reported earlier Tuesday that the Winter Festival that was set to take place at Comerica Park is going to be cancelled...
Don Cherry loves to offer his opinion to any person willing to listen. When he was prompted on CBC's radio show about how long he thought the lockout would last, Cherry answered that he thinks odds are good that the entire season will be lost.
"If I'm betting, I'd say no [NHL season]," stated Cherry, as seen on CBC.ca's site.
Cherry later specified...
Today was supposed to be D-day for the Winter Classic at the big house, but it lives on, for now.
The NHL will not cancel the Winter Classic on Friday and is not expected to do so before Nov. 15.
But exactly when the league, which has locked out the players, will call off the annual outdoor game is the subject of some conjecture, even among those who have spoken to NHL...
from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,
A major struggle the NHL has faced in its history is transitioning from a niche sport to a big-league show that attracts fans from markets that can’t sustain an outdoor rink. But the biggest reason this has been such a mammoth struggle is, well, the NHL itself.
In the “non-traditional” hockey markets, the option to play while growing...
All indications point to the Winter Classic being cancelled sometime tomorrow by the NHL.
But I still want to believe they need to have a face-to-face with the NHLPA before doing so. Therefore I am going to go out on a limb and saying we hear nothing about the Winter Classic until Monday.
One thing I do know, if the Winter Classic eventually bites the dust, Gary Bettman won...
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Does any of this sound familiar?
A commissioner saying there are "enormous consequences at play ... we think that we made very fair proposals."
Was that Gary Bettman two weeks ago? No, it was David Stern in October 2011.
"Our indication today to go to a 50-50 deal demonstrates even more potential movement on our part...