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On the Duck Pond:
Why can't we all just get along?In the case of the NHL, why can't you all find some middle ground and get a new collective bargaining agreement?Seeing as the most recent (and most promising) talks broke down, the NHL found it in their hearts to cancel two more weeks of games. Like the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld, Gary Bettman keeps telling us, "No hockey for you!"His audience is shrinking, not that he cares.And the mediators are back. Both the NHL and NHLPA are set to meet today with the same mediators who met with them last month. They determined that there was no way they could find middle ground, which should tell you how far apart things are. If professional mediators cannot get two sides to compromise and agree, I am not sure anyone can. I certainly give them extra credit points for trying a second time. Will the results change? Doubtful. We will continue to see bits and pieces of the NHL season hacked away, one part at a time, until there is nothing left to...
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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
If he wanted to, Gary Bettman could end the lockout by the time you finish reading this.
Not just because he is commissioner, but because he -- and the NHL -- have already won. Look at what is happening. The league is getting its 50/50 split. It is getting term limits on contracts. Both sides are haggling over length, but we know it is going...
from John Brennan of NorthJersey.com,
Wrapping up our five-part series on the depositions of the czars whose sports leagues are suing New Jersey to try to prevent sports betting at the state’s casinos and racetracks, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman had his turn on Nov. 19.
During a couple of hours of testimony, Bettman echoed similar themes to his colleagues’ depositions...
from Andrew Gross of The Record,
When the inevitable happens and Gary Bettman steps on the podium in the next week or two (or three) to announce the end of his latest lockout, there’s one word the NHL commissioner-for-the-owners must strike from his lexicon lest he insult the ever-dwindling number of people who still care about his league.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The question is whether Fehr has pushed too far.
Last Thursday in New York, two days after the sides agreed on having one of the most constructive bargaining sessions yet, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stamped out any hints of optimism. Bettman pulled everything off the table, including $300 million in the make whole provision. The...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
It is Gary Bettman’s impossible dream: To create a National Hockey League economy in which Dallas, Florida, Phoenix, Columbus and Anaheim can all be profitable.
Without, of course, shipping containers full of money heading south on a regular basis from the Canadian teams, the Rangers, Philadelphia, Detroit and Boston.
Even if the NHL...
What the hell does Bah Humbug mean, anyway?
You ever look up the origin of the phrase? I understand the theory of relativity more than I do the spaghetti like origins of this stupid phrase.
We all love to say stupid phrases. Here, I'll give you some more.
I used to like the dwarf. He grew the game. He gave more players jobs by introducing them to cities...
Welcome to 12/12/12.
The bad news: Day 88 of the NHL lockout.
The good news: The NHL owners and players will be meeting in a Secret Santa location. Whoville? The North Pole? Weâll know later today. Federal mediators will be involved in these meetings. Didnât Gary Bettman say last Thursday in his impassioned skate away speech that he was not interested in meeting again...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It’s about money outside of the system, Canceler-in-Chief Gary Bettman and deputy Bill (The Hill) Daly maintain in turning a studied blind eye to the pain 10 NHL teams will endure trying to comply with the cap without a mechanism to ease compliance.
For example, the Flyers project to having $2.5 million of space to fill seven spots (about...
I don't know how many times I've drawn a parallel between the NHL and NBA over the past few months, but I'm sure it's been a rather exhausting total. The similarities, though, have been remarkable -- especially with the way NHL ownership under Gary Bettman has mimicked NBA ownership under David Stern, and how, sans decertification, the NHLPA has copied the NBPA'...
Happy Holidays, NHL fans! What better way to celebrate the Holiday season than by watching two greedy groups of people squabble over how to reach common ground over our favorite sport?
Darren Dreger announced through Twitter that the NHL will cancel all games through December 30th, officially making Gary Bettman our Scrooge and Donald Fehr our Grinch of the 2012 Holiday season...
Take it away, David D'Alessandro. (h/t NJ.com)
Amid the acrimony and coercion and castigation and crocodile tears, there is an emerging suspicion that the joke, whatever it is, is on us.
Yes, all of us. Or more specifically, anyone outside the two-man quorum represented by David SternGary Bettman and Billy HunterDonald Fehr, who knew exactly where the deal-point existed...
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
The proposal the NHL owners made to the players last week was still on the table today when the sides met with a federal mediator, but the response from the players remained the same.
The players still aren’t interested.
“They left it for us to make a decision to see basically if we want to accept the proposal that was presented...