Originally posted on Cleveland ScoresReport  |  Last updated 10/24/11

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 14: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a press conference before Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 14, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman learned about major league sports leadership when he was National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern’s right hand man and legal counselor before skating over to the puck side of sports. With that in mind it is interesting to note that fans wanting to bet the NBA lines may have to wait a long time as the pupil may have schooled the professor on sports management labor relations. In 2004-05 Bettman and the NHL owners went the ultimate hard line route with the hockey players union and in essence busted it with a total shutdown of the season, which was never done in the history of North American big league sports. Even after losing major chunks of the season in 1981 for baseball and in 1982 for football the NFL and MLB did go on to have abbreviated seasons. The NBA did so as well with a labor disruption in the late 1990’s. But the NHL created the gold standard of ownership power and rest assured Stern has learned from tha...
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